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Singles Released This Week (September 17 – 23)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

(Note: This is a work-in-progress. We are updating the database every week, so check back frequently for updates. And tell your friends about DrRock.com!)

(Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side)

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


September 17
1963 • Aretha Franklin • “Skylark” • Soul • Laughing On The Outside • “You’ve Got Her”
1964 • The Supremes • “Baby Love” • Soul – Pop • Where Did Our Love Go? • “Ask Any Girl”
1973 • Led Zeppelin • “D’Yer Mak’er” • Hard Rock • Houses Of The Holy • “The Change”
1973 • Carpenters • “Top Of The World” • Easy Listening • A Song For You • “Heather”
1982 • The Clash • “Straight To Hell” • Punk-Rock • Combat Rock • “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
1982 • George Thorogood • “Bad To The Bone” • Blues-Rock • Bad To The Bone • “No Particular Place To Go”
1990 • Hall & Oates • “So Close” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Change Of Season • “Realove”
1991 • Guns N’ Roses • “Don’t Cry” • Hard Rock • Use Your Illusion I • “Don’t Cry”
1998 • Goo Goo Dolls • “Slide” • Alt Rock • Dizzy Up The Girl • N/A
2002 • Santana Feat. Michelle Branch • “The Game Of Love” • Jazz-Rock Fusion • Shaman • “Come To My World”


September 18
1964 • Sam Cooke • “That’s Where It’s At” • Soul • [Single] • “Cousin Of Mine”
1979 • Eagles • “Heartache Tonight” • Country-Rock • The Long Run • “Teenage Jail”
1983 • Kiss • “Lick It Up” • Hard Rock • Lick It Up • “Dance All Over Your Face”
1993 • Ace Of Base • “All That She Wants” • Europop • Happy Nation • “Fashion Party”
2000 • Foo Fighters • “Breakout” • Grunge • There Is Nothing Left To Lose • “Stacked Actors”
2013 • Pearl Jam • “Sirens” • Grunge Rock • Lightning Bolt • N/A


September 19
1966 • Paul Revere & The Raiders • “The Great Airplane Strike” • Pop-Rock • The Spirit Of ’67 • “In My Community”
1967 • The Bee Gees • “Massachusetts” • Pop-Rock • Horizontal • “Barker Of The UFO”
1969 • The Beatles • “Golden Slumber/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty” • Pop-Rock • Abbey Road • “Trash Can”
1973 • America • “Ventura Highway” • Folk-Rock • Homecoming • “Saturn Nights”
1980 • The Police • “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Zenyatta Mondatta • “Friends”
1984 • Kiss • “Heaven’s On Fire” • Hard Rock • Animalize • “Lonely Is The Hunter”
1986 • Kim Wilde • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” [UK] • Hi-NRG • Another Step • “Loving You”
1988 • Duran Duran • “I Don’t Want Your Love” [UK] • New Wave Synth-Pop • Big Thing • “I Don’t Want Your Love” [Album Version]


September 20
1957 • Buddy Holly • “Everyday” • Pop Ballad • Buddy Holly • [B-Side]
1957 • Buddy Holly • “Peggy Sue” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Everyday”
1963 • Marvin Gaye • “Can I Get A Witness” • Soul – Motown • [Single] • “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby”
1973 • The Rolling Stones • “Angie” • Power Ballad • Goats Head Soup • “Silver Train”
1982 • Tears For Fears • “Mad World” • New Wave Synth-Pop • The Hurting • “Ideas As Opiates”
1985 • Simple Minds • “Alive And Kicking” • New Wave Alt.-Pop • Once Upon A Time • “Up On The Catwalk” [Live Version]
1987 • Whitesnake • “Is This Love” • Hard Rock • Whitesnake • “Bad Boys”


September 21
1959 • The Isley Brothers • “Shout (Part 1)” • Soul-Funk • Shout! • “Shout (Part 2)”
1964 • Peter & Gordon • “I Don’t Want To See You Again” • Merseybeat • I Don’t Want To See You Again • “I Would Buy You Presents”
1968 • Jimi Hendrix • “All Along The Watchtower” • Psychedelic Rock • Electric Ladyland • “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp”
1971 • Elvis Presley • “It’s Only Love” • Adult Contemporary • [Single] • “The Sound Of Your Cry”
1977 • The Doobie Brothers • “Echoes Of Love” • Pop-Rock • Livin’ On The Fault Line • “There’s A Light”
1979 • Rupert Holmes • “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” • Pop-Rock • Partners In Crime • “Drop It”
1989 • Thompson Twins • “Sugar Daddy” • New Wave Synth-Pop • Big Trash • “Monkey Man”
1995 • Gin Blossoms • “Til I Hear From You” • Power Pop • Empire Records [Sndtrk] • N/A
1995 • No Doubt • “Just A Girl” • New Wave Alt Pop-Rock • Tragic Kingdom • “Different People”


September 22
1954 • Elvis Presley • “Good Rockin’ Tonight” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Ask Me” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “Ain’t That Loving You Baby”
1964 • Elvis Presley • “Ain’t That Loving You Baby” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1965 • The Miracles • “My Girl Has Gone” • Soul – Motown • Going To A Go-Go • “Since You Won My Heart”
1967 • The Moody Blues • “Love And Beauty” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “Leave This Man Alone”
1967 • The Hollies • “King Midas in Reverse” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse • “Water On The Brain”
1967 • Procol Harum • “Homburg” • Baroque Rock • Procol Harum • “Good Captain Clack”
1973 • Elvis Presley • “For Ol’ Times Sake” • Country-Pop • Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake • [B-Side]
1973 • Elvis Presley • “Raised On Rock” • Pop-Rock • Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake • “For Ol’ Times Sake”
1975 • The Isley Brothers • “For The Love Of You (Part 1 And 2)” • Soul-Funk • The Heat Is On • “You Walk Your Way”
1980 • The Rolling Stones • “She’s So Cold” • Blues-Rock • Emotional Rescue • “Send It To Me”
1996 • The Wallflowers • “The Difference” • AA Pop-Rock • Bringing Down The Horse • “I Wish I Felt Nothing / God Don’t Make Lonely Girls [live]”
1997 • Elton John • “Candle In The Wind 1997” • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Something About The Way You Look Tonight”
1997 • Elton John • “Candle In The Wind 1997” [UK] • Pop Ballad • [Single] • “Something About The Way You Look Tonight”
1997 • The Rolling Stones • “Anybody Seen My Baby?” • Blues-Rock • Bridges To Babylon • “Anybody Seen My Baby?” [Soul Solution Remix Edit]
1998 • Madonna • “The Power Of Good-Bye” [UK] • Dance-Pop • Ray Of Light • “Little Star” [Double A-Side]
1998 • Barenaked Ladies • “One Week” • AA Pop-Rock • Stunt • “When You Dream”
1998 • Madonna • “The Power Of Good-Bye” • Dance-Pop • Ray Of Light • “Mer Girl”


September 23
1966 • The Rolling Stones • “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” [UK] • Blues-Rock • Flowers • “Who’s Driving Your Plane”
1968 • The Monkees • “Porpoise Song” • Pop-Rock • Head • “As We Go Along”
1969 • The Marvelettes • “That’s How Heartaches Are Made” • Soul – Motown • In Full Bloom • “Rainy Morning”
1972 • 10cc • “Donna” • Art Pop-Rock • 10cc • “Hot Rock Sun”
1973 • Jim Croce • “I Got A Name” • Folk-Pop • I Got A Name • “Alabama Rain”
1974 • John Lennon • “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” • Pop-Rock • Walls And Bridges • “Beef Jerky”
1977 • David Bowie • “Heroes” • Glam Rock • Heroes • “V-2 Schneider”
1977 • The Clash • “Complete Control” [UK] • Punk-Rock • [Single] • “City Of The Dead”
1986 • Billy Idol • “To Be A Lover” • Hard Rock • Whiplash Smile • “All Summer Single”
1986 • The Pretenders • “Don’t Get Me Wrong” • Post-Punk • Get Close • “Dance!”
1996 • Counting Crows • “Angels Of The Silences” • Alt. Rock • Recovering The Satellites • “Recovering The Satellites”
1998 • Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach • “Toledo” • Pop-Rock • Painted From Memory • N/A

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Albums Released This Week (September 17 – 23)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


September 17
1964 ● Manfred Mann —— The Manfred Mann Album ► Rock n Roll
1966 ● The Ventures —— Wild Things! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1971 ● Colosseum —— Colosseum Live ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1973 ● Rick Springfield —— Comic Book Heroes ► Power Pop
1975 ● Scorpions —— In Trance ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1976 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo’s Rotogravure ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Judas Priest —— Unleashed In The East ► Heavy Metal
1979 ● Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Act I ► Art Rock
1980 ● The Doobie Brothers —— One Step Closer ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Phil Lynott —— The Phil Lynott Album ► Album Rock
1984 ● General Public —— All The Rage ► New Wave Ska Pop
1984 ● Timothy B. Schmit —— Playin’ It Cool ► Country-Rock
1985 ● Thompson Twins —— Here’s To Future Days ► New Wave Dance-pop
1987 ● Yes —— Big Generator ► Prog Rock
1987 ● Zappa, Frank —— London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 ► Classical Fusion
1990 ● Cocteau Twins —— Heaven Or Las Vegas ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Mariah Carey —— Emotions ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Hole —— Pretty On The Inside ► Grunge
1991 ● Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone ► Alt. Country-Rock
1991 ● Steve Earle —— Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator ► Alt. Country
1991 ● Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II ► Hard Rock
1991 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— No More Tears ► Hard Rock
1992 ● KMFDM —— Money ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1996 ● Cake —— Fashion Nugget ► Alt Rock/College Rock
1996 ● Warren Zevon —— I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen ► Blues-Rock
1997 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Bang! [EP] ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
1997 ● Hall & Oates —— Marigold Sky ► Pop-Rock
2002 ● Natalie Cole —— Ask A Woman Who Knows ► Soul-Pop
2007 ● Mark Knopfler —— Kill To Get Crimson ► Roots Rock
2013 ● Berlin —— Animal ► L. A. Synth-Pop
2013 ● The Band —— Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 ► Folk-Rock
2013 ● Elvis Costello And The Roots —— Wise Up Ghost ► Funk


September 18
1961 ● The Ventures —— Another Smash!!! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1970 ● Black Sabbath —— Paranoid [UK] ► Hard Rock
1970 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock
1972 ● Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock
1978 ● Ace Frehley —— Ace Frehley ► Pop-Metal
1978 ● Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Peter Criss —— Peter Criss ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Gene Simmons —— Gene Simmons ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Paul Stanley —— Paul Stanley ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade ► Hair Metal
1983 ● Dokken —— Breaking The Chains ► Heavy Metal
1983 ● Kiss —— Lick It Up ► Hard Rock
1985 ● The Replacements —— Tim ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1986 ● Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Kiss —— Crazy Nights ► Hard Rock
1989 ● Janet Jackson —— Rhythm Nation 1814 ► Dance-Pop
1989 ● The Band —— To Kingdom Come: The Definitive Collection ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Derek & The Dominos —— The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● The Easybeats —— The Definitive Series ► Rock ‘N’ Roll
1997 ● At The Drive-In —— El Gran Orgo ► Punk Rock
1998 ● Fantastic Plastic Machine —— Luxury ► Trip Hop
2000 ● Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Trip Hop
2001 ● Alice Cooper —— Dragontown ► Hard Rock
2001 ● The Knack —— Premium Gold Collection ► Power Pop
2001 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 1 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2001 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 2 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2001 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 3 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2001 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 4 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2001 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 5 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2006 ● Free —— Chronicles ► Hard Rock/Blues-Rock
2006 ● The Stranglers —— Suite XVI ► Punk-Rock
2006 ● Billy Idol —— Original Sound ► Hard Rock
2007 ● Pearl Jam —— Live At Lollapalooza 2007 ► Hard Rock
2009 ● Madonna —— Celebration ► Dance-Pop
2012 ● Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones ► Southern Rock
2012 ● Paul Simon —— Live In New York City ► Folk-Pop
2015 ● David Gilmour —— Rattle That Lock ► Prog Rock


September 19
1958 ● Elvis Presley —— King Creole ► Rock n Roll
1961 ● King Curtis —— Old Gold ► Soul
1970 ● Neil Young —— After The Gold Rush ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Mick Jagger —— Performance [Sndtrk] ► Rock
1975 ● Dave Mason —— Split Coconut ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Golden Earring —— Grab It For A Second ► Hard Rock
1978 ● Linda Ronstadt —— Living In The USA ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● White Spirit —— White Spirit ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
1980 ● Country Joe McDonald —— On My Own ► Blues-Rock
1981 ● Triumph —— Allied Forces ► Arena Rock
1986 ● Luther Vandross —— Give Me The Reason ► Smooth Soul
1986 ● Paul McCartney —— Press To Play ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1988 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Tender Prey ► Alt Rock
1988 ● Cocteau Twins —— Blue Bell Knoll ► Folk-Rock
1988 ● Enya —— Watermark ► Jazz-Pop
1988 ● Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun ► New Wave Synth Pop
1988 ● Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock
1989 ● David Bowie —— Sound + Vision ► Glam Rock
1990 ● Obituary —— Cause Of Death ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1994 ● Kylie Minogue —— Kylie Minogue ► Dance-Pop
1994 ● The Tragically Hip —— Day For Night ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Michael Bolton —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● The Flaming Lips —— Clouds Taste Metallic ► Neo-Psychedelia
1995 ● Son Volt —— Trace ► Alt. Country-Rock
1995 ● Pink Floyd —— London ’66-’67 [EP] ► Prog Rock
2000 ● Madonna —— Music ► Dance-Pop
2000 ● AFI —— The Art Of Drowning ► Hardcore Punk
2000 ● Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark ► Trip Hop
2000 ● Glenn Frey —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Glenn Frey ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● The Church —— Of Skins And Heart/Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop
2005 ● Jethro Tull —— Auqualung Live [UK] ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● The Black Crowes —— Freak ‘N’ Roll…Into The Fog ► Southern Rock
2006 ● Indigo Girls —— Despite Our Differences ► Folk-Rock
2006 ● Jane’s Addiction —— Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock
2006 ● Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow ► Jazz-Rock Fusion


September 20
1963 ● The Tornadoes —— Bustin’ Surfboards ► Surf Rock
1976 ● The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● Yes —— Tormato ► Prog Rock
1980 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— Blizzard of Ozz ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Bruce Springsteen —— Nebraska ► Album Rock
1982 ● Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock
1982 ● Poco —— Ghost Town ► Country-Rock
1983 ● Renaissance —— Time-Line ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Kate Bush —— Hounds Of Love ► Prog Rock
1985 ● Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero ► Pop-Rock
1986 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Fore! ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Jane’s Addiction —— Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock
1988 ● BulletBoys —— BulletsBoys ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal
1988 ● Luther Vandross —— Any Love ► Smooth Soul
1991 ● Ween —— The Pod ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi
1993 ● Seam —— The Problem With Me ► Indie Rock
1993 ● Cilla Black —— Through The Years ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● Robert Palmer —— Honey ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1994 ● Liz Phair —— Whip-Smart ► Indie Rock
1999 ● Jamiroquai —— 1999 Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock
1999 ● Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop [UK] ► Electronic Dance Mix
1999 ● Yes —— The Ladder ► Prog Rock
2004 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus ► Alt Rock
2004 ● Bryan Adams —— Room Service ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Motörhead —— BBC Live & In Session ► Heavy Metal
2005 ● Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day ► Arena Rock
2005 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination ► Soul-Funk
2005 ● Poco —— Bareback At Big Sky ► Country-Rock
2011 ● Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam Twenty ► Hard Rock


September 21
1973 ● Billy Preston —— Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music ► Funk
1973 ● Thin Lizzy —— Vagabonds Of The Western World ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Foghat —— Boogie Motel ► Hard Rock
1979 ● The Stranglers —— The Raven ► Punk-Rock
1979 ● Cheap Trick —— Dream Police ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1981 ● Sheena Easton —— You Could Have Been With Me ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Janet Jackson —— Janet Jackson ► Pop-Soul
1982 ● Luther Vandross —— Forever, For Always, For Love ► Smooth Soul
1984 ● America —— Perspective ► Folk-Rock
1987 ● Various Artists —— Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 ► Mixed Rock
1990 ● Indigo Girls —— Nomads Indians Saints ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● Phish —— Lawn Boy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
1992 ● ABBA —— Gold: Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop
1993 ● Nirvana —— In Utero ► Grunge
1993 ● Bad Religion —— Recipe For Hate ► Punk Rock
1993 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Yes I Am ► Roots Rock
1993 ● Scorpions —— Face The Heat ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1993 ● Led Zeppelin —— Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Sting —— Demolition Man ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Skunk Anansie —— Paranoid And Sunburnt ► Heavy Metal
1998 ● Diabolical Masquerade —— Nightwork ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1999 ● Tori Amos —— To Venus And Back ► AA Pop-Rock
1999 ● The Church —— A Box Of Birds ► Alt. Power Pop
1999 ● Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Essential Live Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ ► Southern Rock
1999 ● Pete Townshend —— Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy ► Prog Rock
2000 ● The Monkees —— The Headquarters Sessions ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● Green Day —— American Idiot ► Alt. Rock
2004 ● Elvis Costello —— Il Sogno ► String Quartet
2004 ● Elvis Costello And The Imposters —— The Delivery Man ► Roots Rock
2004 ● John Fogerty —— Déjà Vu All Over Again ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● John Waite —— The Hard Way ► Power Pop
2009 ● Duran Duran —— Live At Hammersmith ’82! ► New Wave Synth-Pop


September 22
1969 ● The Band —— The Band ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Smokie —— Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock
1975 ● George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Funkadelic —— One Nation Under A Groove ► Funk
1978 ● The Buzzcocks —— Love Bites ► Punk-Rock
1978 ● Camel —— Breathless ► Prog Rock
1978 ● Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock
1978 ● The Ramones —— Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock
1981 ● King Crimson —— Discipline ► Prog Rock
1986 ● Alice Cooper —— Constrictor ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Icehouse —— Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1988 ● Lyle Lovett —— Step Inside This House (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock
1989 ● Robbie Krieger —— Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock
1989 ● Bob Dylan —— Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock
1990 ● 2 Live Crew —— Live In Concert ► East Coast Rap
1992 ● Extreme —— III Sides To Every Story ► Pop-Metal
1992 ● Roy Buchanan —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● Happy Mondays —— Double Easy – The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock
1997 ● BT —— ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music
1997 ● Elton John —— The Big Picture ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Apocalyptica —— Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal
1998 ● Goo Goo Dolls —— Dizzy Up The Girl ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge
1998 ● Millencolin —— Same Old Tunes ► Euro-punk
1998 ● Chris Isaak —— Speak Of The Devil ► AA Pop-Rock
1998 ● Kiss —— Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock
1999 ● Luca Turilli —— King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal
2003 ● Cilla Black —— Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs ► Pop-Rock
2008 ● David Gilmour —— Live in Gda?sk ► Prog Rock
2009 ● Pearl Jam —— Backspacer ► Hard Rock
2009 ● Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock
2009 ● Various Artists —— Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock
2014 ● Leonard Cohen —— Popular Problems ► Soft Rock


September 23
1963 ● The Beach Boys —— Surfer Girl ► Surfer
1965 ● The Easybeats —— Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll
1969 ● Isaac Hayes —— Hot Buttered Soul ► Soul
1969 ● Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations —— Together ► Soul
1969 ● The Temptations —— Puzzle People ► Soul – Motown
1970 ● Santana —— Abraxas ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1970 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Idlewild South ► Southern Rock
1976 ● The Who —— The Story Of The Who ► British Rock
1977 ● Steely Dan —— Aja ► Jazz-Rock
1977 ● Carpenters —— Passage ► Soft Rock
1977 ● Randy Newman —— Little Criminals ► Folk-Rock
1977 ● The Stranglers —— No More Heroes ► Punk-Rock
1977 ● The Rolling Stones —— Love You Live ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Blondie —— Parallel Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1981 ● The Opposition —— Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk
1981 ● Tommy Tutone —— Tommy Tutone – 2 ► Power Pop
1981 ● Frank Zappa —— You Are What You Is ► Art Rock
1982 ● Billy Joel —— The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● The Fall —— This Nation’s Saving Grace ► Post-Punk
1985 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock
1986 ● Boston —— Third Stage ► Arena Rock
1989 ● Poco —— Legacy ► Country-Rock
1990 ● The Human League —— Romantic? ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1996 ● Fatboy Slim —— Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop
1996 ● Iron Maiden —— Best Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal
1996 ● John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey —— Dance Hall At Louse Point ► Indie Rock
1997 ● Jann Arden —— Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock
1997 ● Asia —— Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock
1997 ● Sarah Brightman —— Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes
1997 ● Jackson Browne —— The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● Cream —— Those Were The Days ► Blues-Rock
1997 ● Todd Rundgren —— With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Three Dog Night —— 20 Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul
1997 ● John Waite —— When You Were Mine ► Power Pop
2003 ● Alice Cooper —— The Eyes Of Alice Cooper ► Hard Rock
2003 ● Gin Blossoms —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop
2003 ● Limp Bizkit —— Results May Vary ► Rap-Metal
2003 ● The Yardbirds —— Live! Blueswailing July ’64 ► Blues Rock
2003 ● Elvis Costello —— North ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2003 ● Aretha Franklin —— So Damn Happy ► Soul Pop
2003 ● Joni Mitchell —— The Complete Geffen Recordings ► Folk-Rock
2003 ● Triumph —— Live At The US Festival ► Arena Rock
2008 ● Little River Band —— We Call It Christmas ► Soft Rock
2008 ● Jackson Browne —— Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock
2014 ● John Mellencamp —— Plain Spoken ► Roots Rock
2016 ● Frank Zappa —— ZAPPAlite ► Prog Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 16 – 22)

Happy Birthday this week to:

September 16
1913 ● Florence Greenberg → New Jersey housewife who parlayed an unlikely hit record by an unknown teen group, The Shirelles (“I Met Him On A Sunday” #49, 1958) into an improbable career as a music executive and owner of Scepter Records, the leading independent label of the 60s and home to Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers, B.J. Thomas and many others, sold out and retired in 1976, died from complications of a stoke on 11/2/1995, age 82
1921 ● Jon Hendricks / (John Carl Hendricks) → NEA Jazz Master, Emmy, Grammy and Peabody award winning jazz-pop singer and songwriter noted as one-third of the 50s-60s vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and an originator of “vocalese,” the art of putting lyrics to existing jazz instrumentals, won a Grammy award with Bobby McFerrin for “Another Night In Tunisia” from the Manhattan Transfer album Vocalese, for which he wot all of the lyrics, later taught college-level jazz history courses and wrote a stage show and TV documentary about the genre, died from natural causes on 11/22/2017, age 96
1925 ● Charlie Byrd → Classically-trained acoustic jazz guitarist who brought Brazilian bossa nova music to the mainstream in North America with the album Jazz Samba (#1, 1963) with Stan Getz and the instrumental “Desalinate” (#15, AC #4, 1962), continued to record mostly easy listening jazz-pop and authored a book on guitar instruction, died from cancer on 12/2/1999, age 74
1925 ● B.B. King / (Riley B. King) → The reigning “King of the Blues” and important electric guitarist, “The Thrill Is Gone” (#15, R&B #1,1970), influenced countless electric blues and rock guitarists, #3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list, died in his sleep on 5/14/2015, age 89
1934 ● Richard Blandon → Lead singer for early doo-wop The Dubs (“Could This Be Magic,” #23, 1957), left then returned to a reformed group which he fronted into the 80s, died on 12/30/1991, age 57
1941 ● Joe Butler → Drummer for 60s hit making folk-rock quartet The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (#1, 1966)
1942 ● Bernard Calvert → Bassist for British Invasion pop-rock The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (#5, 1966)
1944 ● Betty Kelly → Vocals for Motown R&B/soul girl group The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack” (#45, 1964), left to join R&B/pop-soul girl group Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street”” (#2, 1964)
1944 ● Winston Grennan → The “Master Drummer of Jamaica,” session drummer and bandleader credited with creating the “One Drop” ska and rocksteady-based beat that underlies reggae music and the “Flyers” beat that precursed reggae, worked with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and many other top reggae, ska, soul and pop acts, died from cancer on 10/27/2000, age 56
1948 ● Kenney Jones → Drummer for Brit raunch/psych-pop-rock The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (#16, 1968), hard-rockers The Faces, “Stay With Me” (#17, 1971), replaced deceased Keith Moon in 1979 in The Who, “You Better You Bet” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1981)
1948 ● Ron Blair → Original bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3, 1981), left in 1982 for session career and rejoined in 2002
1950 ● David Bellamy → With brother Homer, one half of country-pop The Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” (#1, 1976) and 35 other Country Top 40 hits
1953 ● Alan Leslie Barton → Guitarist for Brit pop/rock novelty-party quartet Black Lace, “Agadoo” (UK #2, 1984), joined pop-rock Smokie in 1986 as guitarist and lead vocalist, died when the band’s tour bus crashed in Germany on 3/23/1995, age 41
1954 ● Colin Newman → Vocals, guitar and songwriting for art/punk then post-punk then electronic Wire, “Eardrum Buzz” (Modern Rock #2, 1989), solo artist, producer and co-founder of the Swim Records label
1954 ● Frank Reed / (Frank Kevin Reed) → Joined a reconstituted version of Chicago R&B/smooth soul The Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her?”, #3, 1971) in 1988 as lead vocalist and remained with the band until his death on 2/26/2014, age 59
1956 ● Dave Blood / (Dave Schultise) → Ph.D. candidate in economics at Purdue University turned punk rock bassist in punk quartet Dead Milkmen, left the band in 1995 to move to Serbia to work and study, returned to the U.S. in the aftermath of the NATO bombing campaign in 1999, committed suicide by drug overdose on 3/10/2004, age 47
1960 ● Ean Evans / (Donald Evans) → Bass guitarist in multiple rock bands in the Southeastern U.S., joined raunchy Southern rockLynyrd Skynyrdd in 2001, replacing original and deceased bassist Leon Wilkeson, continued with the band until his death from lung cancer on 5/6/2009, age 48
1961 ● Bilinda Butcher → Guitar and vocals for art-prog-rock, “shoe-gazing” pioneers My Bloody Valentine, “Only Shallow” (Modern Rock #27, 1992)
1962 ● Stephen Jones → Founder, guitarist, vocals and frontman of Brit lounge/melodramatic pop group Babybird, “You’re Gorgeous” (UK #3, 1996), solo, novelist
1963 ● Richard Marx → Pop/rock singer and songwriter, “Right Here Waiting” (#1, 1987) turned Grammy-winning adult contemporary balladeer, “Dance With My Father” (Song of the Year 2003)
1964 ● The Snake / (David Sabo) → Co-founder and lead guitar for New Jersey-based hair metal/pop-metal Skid Row (“I Remember You,” #6, 1989), teenage friend of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and original lead guitarist in JBJ‘s band
1968 ● Marc Anthony / (Marco Antonio Muñiz) → Multi-talented, Grammy-winning Latin dance-pop (“tropical salsa”) singer, “I Need To Know” (#3, 1991), film actor
1969 ● Justine Frischmann → Co-founder guitar and vocals for alt rock/Britpop Suede, left for mixed-gender, post-punk alt rock Elastica, “Connection” (Modern Rock #2, 1994), now an abstract painter
1976 ● Shannon Noll → Australian pop-rock singer, runner-up of the first series of Australian Idol (2003), ten consecutive Aussie Top 10 singles, including “What About Me?” (AUS #1, 2004)
1976 ● Tina Barrett → Vocals for pre-fab teen pop S Club 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (#10, 2001)
1977 ● Musiq Soulchild / (Talib Johnson) → R&B/neo-soul, funk, blues and gospel fusion hip hop artist, “Halfcrazy” (#16, 2002)
1981 ● Christopher Cester → Drummer and backing vocals for Aussie hard rock/garage punk Jet, “Cold Hard Bitch” (Mainstream Rock #1, 2004)
1984 ● Katie Melua / (Ketevan Melua) → Jazz-pop/adult contemporary singer, songwriter and guitarist, “Nine Million Bicycles” (UK #5, 2005), album Piece By Piece (Jazz Albums #3, 2006)
1992 ● Nick Jonas → Singer and songwriter in teen-pop ballad trio the Jonas Brothers, “Burnin’ Up” (#5, 2008), actor

September 17
1923 ● Hank Williams / (Hiram King Williams) → The “Father of Contemporary Country Music” with 35 oft-covered Country Top 10 hits, including “Hey, Good Lookin'” (Country #1, 1951), died in his limo to a show on 1/1/1953, age 29
1923 ● Ralph Sharon → Grammy-winning jazz pianist, composer and arranger known for his 50 year collaboration with Tony Bennett and the signature song “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” (#19, 1962), continued to perform with his own jazz-pop ensemble until his death on 3/31/2015, age 91
1926 ● Bill Black → Early rock ‘n roll bassist in Elvis Presley‘s backing band and his own Bill Black Combo, “Smokie” (1959), died from a brain tumor on 10/21/1965 at age 39
1926 ● Brother Jack McDuff / (Eugene McDuffy) → Hard bop and jazz-soul Hammond B-3 organist and bandleader known for his funky, bluesy style and mentorship to young guitarist George Benson in his mid-60s quartet, continued to record until his death from heart failure on 1/23/2001, age 74
1929 ● Sil Austin / (Silvester “Sil” Austin) → Jazz saxophonist in the 40s, switched to more accessible blues and funk-pop sound in the 50s and scored several hits, including “Slow Walk” (#17, R&B #3, 1956) , continued to record and perform into the 90s before dying from prostate cancer on 9/1/2001
1937 ● Phil Cracolici → Lead vocals for one hit wonder blue-eyed doo wop quintet The Mystics, “Hushabye” (#20, 1959)
1939 ● LaMonte McLemore → Founding member and vocals for R&B/soul-pop The 5th Dimension, “Up, Up And Away” (1967), professional photographer for Playboy, Jet, Ebony, Harper’s Bizarre and others
1947 ● Lol Crème / (Laurence Neill “Lol” Crème) → Guitar, vocals and songwriter for soft pop-rock 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” (#2, 1975), co-founded pop duo Godley & Crème, “Cry” (#16, 1985) and joined art-rock/synth-pop Art Of Noise in 1998, now a music video producer.
1947 ● Jim HodderSteely Dan backing band drummer 1972-74, session drummer for Sammy Hagar and David Soul, drowned in his backyard swimming pool on 6/5/1990, age 42
1950 ● Fee Waybill / (John Waldo Waybill) → Lead singer and songwriter for camp-rock pop-rock satirists The Tubes, “She’s A Beauty” (#10, 1978), producer for Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and others
1952 ● Steve Sanders → Baritone singer and member of country/gospel/folk The Oak Ridge Boys, “Elvira” (#5, Country #1, 1981) replacing original member William Lee Golden from 1987 to 1995, left the band and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 6/10/1998, age 45
1953 ● Steve Williams → Drummer for early and influential Welsh heavy metal band Budgie, “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman” (1971)
1959 ● Will Gregory → Vocals and synthesizer with Alison Goldfrapp in Brit electro-dance-pop due Goldfrapp, “Number 1” (Dance/Club #1, 2005)
1961 ● Ty Tabor → Lead guitar, songwriting and vocals for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1962 ● Baz Luhrmann / (Mark Anthony Luhrmann) → Australian screenwriter, film director and one hit wonder novelty-pop/spoken word artist, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (#45, Adult Top 40 #10, 1999), directed Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008)
1962 ● BeBe Winans / (Benjamin Winans) → Grammy-winning R&B/soul and gospel crossover singer in duets with sister CeCe (Priscilla), “Close To You” (R&B/Hip Hop #21, 2009) or solo, “Thank You” (Dance/Club #6, 1998)
1963 ● Jarvis Crocker → Singer for alt rock/Britpop Pulp, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995)
1966 ● Doug E. Fresh / (Douglas E. Davis) → Rapper, producer and pioneering beat boxer known as “The Human Beat Box” for his near-perfect imitations of drum machines and effects using his mouth, lips, gums and throat, frontman for hip hop Get Fresh Crew, “The Show” (Hip Hop #3, 1985) and solo, “Freaks/I-ight (Alright)” (Dance #3, 1994)
1968 ● Anastacia Lyn Newkirk → R&B/dance-pop singer, “One Day In Your Life” (Dance/Club #1, 2002)
1968 ● John Penney → Vocals for indie punk-rock Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Not Sleeping Around” (Modern Rock #1, 1992)
1968 ● Lord Jamar / (Lorenzo Dechalus) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1969 ● Adam Devlin / (Adam Tadek Gorecki) → Guitarist and songwriter for indie rock The Bluetones, “Slight Return” (UK #2, 1996)
1969 ● Candy Dulfer → Dutch alto saxophonist, “On & On” (Smooth Jazz #13, 2009), sessions and backing bands for Van Morrison, Prince and others, collaborated with Dave Stewart, “Lily Was Here” (UK #6, 1990)
1969 ● Keith Flint / (Keith Charles Flint) → Vocals for “big beat” electronic dance/rap The Prodigy, “Firestarter” (#30, 1996)
1970 ● Vinnie / (Vincent Brown) → Vocals and sampling for pop-rap crossover trio Naughty By Nature, “O.P.P.” (#6, 1991) and Grammy-winning Poverty’s Property, Best Rap Album for 1995
1971 ● Paul Winterhart → Drummer for post-Britpop psych/mystic rock Kula Shaker, “Hush” (Mainstream Rock #19, 1997)
1973 ● A. Jay Popoff / (Alan Jay Popoff) → Frontman and vocals for post-grunge punk-pop Lit, “My Own Worst Enemy” (#51, Mainstream Rock #6, 1999)
1974 ● Jimmy Fallon → Stand-up comedian, film and TV actor, awards show host, former Saturday Night Live cast member and comedy/satire music singer/songwriter with the Grammy-nominated album The Bathroom Wall (#47, 2002)
1976 ● Maile Misajon → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1977 ● Ryan Dusick → Drummer for alt funk-rock Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” (#5, 2004)
1979 ● Chuck Comeau → Drummer for French-Canadian pop-punk Simple Plan, “Perfect” (#24, Canada #5, 2003)
1979 ● Flo Rida / (Tramar Lacel Dillard) → People’s Choice award Southern rapper, singer/songwriter and MC, “Low” feat. T-Pain (#1, 2007) and 12 other U.S. Top 20 hits through 2015
1985 ● Jonathan Jacob Walker → Bassist for emo-pop Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (#7, 2006)

September 18
1929 ● Teddi King / (Theodora King) → One hit wonder jazz and pop singer in the 40s and 50s, “Mr. Wonderful” (#18, 1956), faded during Beatlemania but made a brief comeback in the 70s before dying from lupus disease on 11/18/1977, age 48
1933 ● Jimmie Rodgers / (James Frederick Rodgers) → Pop and easy listening singer, “Honeycomb” (#1, 1957) and 13 other Top 40 hits in the late 50s and 1960s
1940 ● Frankie Avalon / (Francis Thomas Avallone) → Pretty-boy teen idol pop singer, “Venus” (#1, 1959) and 11 other Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1962, then film actor, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
1945 ● Bam King / (Alan King) → Guitar and vocals for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1945 ● P. F. Sloan / (Philip Gary Schlein) → Folk, pop and rock singer and songwriter known best for co-writing numerous 60s hits with Steve Barri, in particular the protest anthem “Eve Of Destruction” (#1, 1965) for Barry McGuire and “Secret Agent Man” (#3, 1966) for Johnny Rivers, recorded singles and several albums under various pseudonyms and band names, performed until just prior to his death from pancreatic cancer on 11/15/2015, age 70
1949 ● Kerry Livgren → Founding member, guitarist and songwriter for prog/heartland rock Kansas, wrote “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11, 1977) and “Dust In The Wind” (#6, 1978), converted to Christianity and formed religious-tinged hard rock AD with other Kansas bandmates, solo
1951 ● Dee Dee Ramone / (Doug Colvin) → Bassist for seminal punk rock band The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (#66, 1978), died of a drug overdose on 6/5/2002, age 50
1955 ● Keith Morris → Frontman and lead vocals for hardcore L.A. punk rockers Black Flag, Circle Jerks and supergroup Off!
1961 ● Frosty Beedle / (Martin Beedle) → Drummer for New Wave pop-rock Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” (#1, 1987)
1962 ● Joanne Catherall → Vocals for late-70s synth-pop pioneers The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me” (#1, 1981)
1962 ● Richard Walmsley → Writer and producer with electro-dance-pop The Beatmasters, “Warm Love” (Dance #16, 1990), the trio also produced hits for Cookie Crew, Yazz and P.P. Arnold, and albums for Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and others
1965 ● John David Dunlop → Canadian guitarist, composer, producer and music recording engineer, lead guitarist for hard rock The Full Nine and, since 2008, power trio Triumph (“All The Way,” Mainstream Rock #2, 1983)
1966 ● Nigel Clark → Lead singer and bassist for goofball Brit power pop trio Dodgy, “Good Enough” (UK #4, 1996)
1966 ● Spike Spice / (Ian Spice) → Co-founder and drummer for Brit pop-rock Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (#3, 1988)
1967 ● Mike Heaton → Drummer for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1967 ● Ricky Bell → Vocals for R&B/teen pop then hip hop/new jack swing vocal quartet New Edition, “If It Isn’t Love” (#7, 1988), then Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison” (#3, 1990)

September 19
1921 ● Billy Ward / (Robert L. Williams) → Child prodigy pianist and frontman, vocals and arranger for early R&B/doo wop Billy Ward & The Dominoes, (“Sixty Minute Man,” #17, R&B #1, 1951), the group spawned the careers of soul giants Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson, died in a long-term care hospital on 2/16/2002, age 80
1931 ● Brook Benton / (Benjamin Franklin Peay) → R&B/soul and early rock ‘n’ roll singer, “The Boll Weevil Song” (#2, 1961), plus comeback track “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4, 1979) and 21 other Top 40 hits, died from complications of spiral meningitis on 4/9/1998, age 56
1934 ● Brian Epstein → Music entrepreneur, record store owner, manager of The Beatles from 1962 until his death, managed other Liverpool acts including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Cyrkle, died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol on 8/27/1967, age 32
1935 ● Nick Massi / (Nicholas Macioci) → Bass guitarist, arranger and vocalist for Top 40 pop vocal quartet The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (#1, 1962), died of cancer on 12/24/2000, age 65
1937 ● Paul Siebel → Greenwich Village folk scene singer/songwriter and guitarist known solely for other artist’s cover versions of his songs, including “Louise” and “Any Day Woman,” dropped out of sight in the 70s after issuing two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums
1940 ● Bill Medley → Blue-eyed soul singer and, with Bobby Hatfield, one half of hugely successful pop-rock duo The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” (#4, 1965), solo career including the Grammy-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (#1, 1987)
1940 ● Paul Williams → Grammy-winning pop songwriter, wrote “An Old Fashioned Love Song” (#4, 1971) for Three Dog Night, “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “We’ve Only Just Begun” (#2, 1970) and “Rainy Days And Mondays” (#2, 1971) for the Carpenters, solo act pop singer (“Waking Up Alone,” #60, 1972) and actor
1940 ● Sylvia Tyson / (Sylvia Fricker) → Canadian singer in influential male/female folk harmony vocal duo Ian & Sylvia, wrote “You Were On My Mind” for folk-pop We Five (#32, 1965)
1941 ● Mama Cass / (Ellen Naomi Cohen) → Vocals and percussion for folk-pop quarter The Mamas & The Papas (“Monday Monday,” #1, 1966), enjoyed a brief solo singing (“Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” #12, UK #11, 1968) and early 70s TV acting career before dying of a heart attack in Harry Nilsson‘s London apartment on 7/29/1974, age 32
1942 ● Danny Kalb → Folk- and blues-rock guitarist, composer and songwriter, co-founded jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “Flute Thing” (1966), solo career with numerous albums and collaborations
1942 ● Freda Payne → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Band of Gold” (#3, 1970), TV and film actress
1943 ● Mike Arnone → Vocals for Italian-American doo wop The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (#7, 1962)
1945 ● David Bromberg → Multi-string instrumentalist and blues-folk and roots rock singer/songwriter, “The Holdup” (1971), now owns a violin sales and repair shop
1946 ● John Coghlan → Drummer for Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)
1949 ● Twiggy / (Lesley Hornby) → Iconic 60s model and later stage, screen and TV actress, one hit wonder pop singer, “Here I Go Again” (UK #17, 1976)
1951 ● Daniel Lanois → Grammy-winning Canadian record producer, guitarist and composer, best known producing Peter Gabriel‘s So (1986), U2‘s The Joshua Tree (1987) and Achtung Baby (1991), plus albums by Brian Eno, Bob Dylan and others, recorded nearly 20 solo albums beginning with Acadie (1989)
1952 ● Nile Rodgers / (Nile Gregory Rodgers) → Guitarist, co-founder and co-writer for R&B/disco band Chic, “Le Freak” (#1, 1978), influential record producer, composer and arranger, produced albums for David Bowie (Let’s Dance, 1983), Madonna (Like A Virgin, 1984), Mick Jagger (She’s The Boss, 1985) and others, continues to record, perform, write soundtracks and produce albums for others into the 10s
1955 ● Rex Smith → Stage and film actor and brief pop singer, debuted on Broadway in the lead role as Danny Zuko in ,em>Grease (1978), followed with a three-year recording career and the lone hit “You Take My Breath Away” (#10, 1979), returned to screen acting from the 80s through the 00s
1957 ● Rusty Egan → Drummer for New Wave power pop The Rich Kids, “Rich Kids” (UK #24, 1978) and New Romantic synth-pop Visage, “Fade To Grey”(UK #8, 1981), London nightclub DJ
1958 ● Lita Ford / (Carmelita Rosanna Ford) → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), pop-metal solo career, “Close My Eyes Forever” (#8, 1988)
1964 ● Trisha Yearwood / (Patricia Lynn Yearwood) → Grammy-winning country singer, “How Do I Live” (#23, Country #2, 1996) and 28 other Country Top 40 hits, TV and occasional film actress, cookbook editor

September 20
1911 ● Frank De Vol → Music arranger, theme song composer and actor, arranged music for numerous 40s and 50s hits, including “Nature Boy” (#1, 1948) by Nat King Cole, produced “The Happening” (#1, 1967) for The Supremes from the soundtrack to the movie of the same name he wrote, issued a series of “mood music” albums and led his own radio orchestra, composed the theme songs to dozens of movies and TV shows, including My Three Sons and The Brady Bunch, appeared as a deadpan comic actor on numerous TV sitcoms, died from congestive heart failure on 10/27/1999, age 88
1917 ● Johnny Allen → Grammy-winning arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer, worked with both Motown and Stax Records for artists including The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and The Staple Singers, co-wrote the “Theme From Shaft” (#1, 1971) with Isaac Hayes and shared the Best Instrumental Arrangement award at the 14th Grammy Awards in 1972, continued to perform in various jazz bands into his 90s, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2014, age 96
1924 ● Gogi Grant / (Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg) → Mid-50s pop singer with five albums in two years and two Top 10 hits, “Suddenly There’s A Valley” (#9, 1955) and “The Wayward Wind” (#1, UK #9, 1956), the latter knocking Elvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel” from the #1 spot, faded from view during Beatlemania, died on 3/10/2016, age 91
1925 ● Bobby Nunn / (Ulyssess B. Nunn, Sr.) → R&B/doo wop singer with The Robins, “Smokey Joe’s Café” (#79, R&B #10, 1955), then as bass vocals for offshoot soul-pop The Coasters, but left before their big hits “Yakety Yak” (#1, 1958) and “Charlie Brown” (#2, 1959) and founded The Dukes in 1959, rejoined a new lineup of The Coasters in the mid-60s and toured and recorded with various versions of group through to his death from a heart attack on 11/5/1986, age 61
1930 ● Eddie Bo / (Edwin Joseph Bocage) → New Orleans-style jazz, blues and funk pianist, singer and prolific songwriter, released over 50 singles, including “Hook And Sling” (R&B #13, 1969) and the seminal funk song “Check Your Bucket,” wrote for and recorded with Art Tatum, Etta James and The Neville Brothers, among others, his “I’m Wise” was covered by Little Richard as “Slippin’ And Slidin'” (#33, R&B #2, 1956), May 22 is “Eddie Bo Day” in New Orleans, died following a heart attack on 3/18/2009, age 78
1938 ● Eric Gale → Jazz and session guitarist with a dozen of his own albums as frontman for various bands, plus appearances on over 500 other albums by Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Grover Washington, Jr. and many others over a 35 year career, died from lung cancer on 5/25/1994, age 55
1945 ● Sweet Pea Atkinson → Vocals for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), solo
1946 ● Mick Rogers / (Michael Oldroyd) → Guitarist and songwriter with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light” (#1, 1977)
1948 ● Chuck Panozzo → Bassist for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981)
1948 ● John Panozzo → Drummer for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), died from cirrhosis of the liver on 7/16/1996, age 47
1953 ● Ricci Martin / (Ricci James Martin) → Youngest son of actor and singer Dean Martin, collaborated with Beach Boy Carl Wilson (his future brother-in-law) on the 1977 album Beached, replaced his deceased brother, Dino Martin, in the 90s revival of the 60s teen bubblegum pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy with Desi Arnez, Jr. and Billy Hinsche (“I’m A Fool,” #17, 1965), sang his father’s hits and told stories in a long-running Vegas-style tribute show, died at home from unspecified causes on 8/3/2016, age 62
1954 ● Tony Destra → Original drummer for Philly glam-rock Cinderella, “Shelter Me” (Mainstream Rock #5, 1990), left in 1985 to join glam-metal Britny Fox, “Long Way To Love” (Mainstream Rock #33, 1988), died in car accident on 2/8/1987, age 32
1957 ● Alannah Currie → Vocals for New Wave synth-pop Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1983), now a sculptural art-furniture artist
1960 ● David Hemingway → Lead vocals for Brit jangle-guitar pop-rock The Housemartins, “Caravan Of Love” (UK #1, 1986), then co-founded alt pop-rock The Beautiful South, “A Little Time” (UK #1, 1990)
1960 ● Cowboy Wiggins / (Robert Wiggins) → MC and vocals for hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five (“The Message,” R&B #4, 1982), the first hip hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died from complications of cocaine addiction on 9/8/1989, age 28
1966 ● Nuno Bettencourt → Portuguese guitarist and songwriter for funk metal/hard rock Extreme, “More Than Words” (#1, 1991), solo, various collaborations and frontman for several hard rock bands
1967 ● Gunnar Nelson → With twin brother Matthew, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1967 ● Matthew Nelson → With twin brother Gunnar, one half of the pop-metal sibling act Nelson, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” (#1, 1990), son of deceased pop-rocker Ricky Nelson
1968 ● Ben Shepherd → Bassist in seminal grunge-rock group Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1994)
1979 ● Rick Woolstenhulme → Drummer for post-grunge pop-rock Lifehouse, “Hanging On A Moment” (Billboard Song of the Year 2001) and “You And Me” (#5, 2005)
1981 ● Keith Semple → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

September 21
1913 ● Janet Ertel / (Janet Ertel Bleyer) → Founding member and vocalist in close-harmony pop music girl group The Chordettes (“Mr. Sandman,” #1, 1954 and “Lollipop,” #2, 1958)), later married Cadence Records (the band’s label) founder and owner Archie Bleyer, with whom she had a daughter who went on to marry Cadence artist Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers, died of cancer on 11/22/1988, age 75
1923 ● Jimmy Young / (Leslie Ronald Young) → Pop singer, “Unchained Melody” (UK #1, 1955) and BBC Radio 2 DJ from 1973 to 2002
1932 ● Don Preston → Keyboards for Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group Mothers of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), sessions
1932 ● Graeme Goodall → Australian recording engineer, studio designer, record producer, co-founder of Island Records and prominent figure in the development of Jamaican music and its recording industry, worked with dozens of ska, reggae and pop acts, including The Wailers, The Skatalites and Desmond Decker, died from natural causes on 12/3/2014, age 82
1934 ● Leonard Cohen / (Leonard Norman Cohen) → Influential and oft-covered Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Bird On The Wire” (1969), Grammy-winning Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters (2007)
1936 ● Dickey Lee / (Royden Dickey Lipscomb) → Country-pop singer/songwriter, “Patches” (#6, 1962), then migrated to country music in the 70s and had 16 Country Top 40 hits, including “Rocky” (Country #1, 1975)
1943 ● David Hood → Bassist, session musician and founding member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers), the renowned studio musician ensemble that recorded hundreds of songs and albums at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, including hits byAretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others, also toured with Traffic in the 70s and produced songs by Cher and Willie Nelson, among others
1944 ● Jesse Davis / (Jesse Ed Davis III) → Native American guitarist with a lone blues-rock solo album (Jesse Davis, 1971) featuring Eric Clapton, Gram Parsons and Leon Russell, performed with George Harrison‘s Concert For Bangladesh (1971) and became a highly-regarded session musician and producer, worked with Gene Clark, John Lennon, Jackson Browne (solo on “Doctor My Eyes,” #8, 1972), Taj Mahal and many others, died from a heroin overdose on 6/22/1988, age 43
1947 ● Don Felder → Lead guitar, vocals and songwriter for country-rock and pop Eagles, composed music to “Hotel California” (#1, 1976), solo and collaborations with former bandmates
1949 ● Colin Gibson → Brit bassist and composer, started with psych-pop band Skip Bifferty in the 60s, later joined Ginger Baker’s Air Force and did session work for Stefan Grossman, Alvin Lee, Steve Howe and others, co-wrote a UK TV sitcom and film soundtracks, collaborates and produces various projects into the 10s
1952 ● David Gregory → Lead guitarist for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979) and side project for the band under the pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1954 ● Philthy Animal Taylor / (Philip John Taylor) → Drummer for punk-metal Motörhead, “Ace Of Spades” (UK #15, 1980), during periods away from the band did session work and collaborations with thrash metal artists, died from abusive lifestyle liver failure on 11/11/2015, age 61
1959 ● Corinne Drewerey → Vocals for Brit sophisti-pop Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (#6, 1987)
1967 ● Faith Hill / (Audrey Faith Perry) → Five time Grammy-winning country-pop crossover star, “Breathe” (#2, 1999) and eight Country #1 hits, Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult Contemporary artist for 2009
1967 ● Timmy T / (Timothy Torres) → Rap-dance “freestyle” performer, “One More Try” (#1, 1991)
1967 ● Tyler Stewart → Drummer for Canadian alt-rock Barenaked Ladies, “One Week” (#1, 1998)
1968 ● Jon Brooks → Drummer for “Madchester” alt rock The Charlatans UK, “The Only One I Know” (Mainstream Rock #37, 1991)
1968 ● Trugoy the Dove / (David Jude Jolicoeur) → MC and vocals for jazz rap and alt hip hop trio De La Soul, “Me Myself And I” (R&B #1, 1989)
1972 ● David Silveria → Drummer for nu metal Korn, “Here To Stay” (Mainstream #4, 2002)
1972 ● Liam Gallagher → Frontman and vocals for Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), the band had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 hits, now fronts Beady Eye
1973 ● Jimmy Constable → Vocals and co-founding member of Brit teen-dance-pop boy band 911, covered The Bee Gees‘ “More Than A Woman” (UK #2, 1998) and Bobby Gosh‘s “A Little Bit More” (UK #1, 1999), a US #11 hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in 1976
1977 ● Sam Rivers → Bassist for rap-metal Limp Bizkit, “My Way” (Mainstream Rock #4, 2001)
1977 ● The-Dream / (Terius Youngdell Nash) → Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter and record producer, “Shawty Is A 10” (#17, 2007), co-wrote “Baby” for Justin Bieber (#5, 2010), “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” for Beyoncé (#1, 2008) and other hit songs
1984 ● Wale / (Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) → Rapper with multiple collaborative singles and albums, including the BET Award-winning “Lotus Flower Bomb” (#38, R&B #1, Rap #3, 2011) featuring Miguel
1989 ● Jason Derülo / (Jason Desrouleaux) → R&B/urban soul singer/songwriter, actor and dancer, “Watcha Say” (#1, 2009)

September 22
1905 ● Pop Lewis / (Roy Lewis Sr.) → With his wife and four of their children in the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel,” the Dove Award-winning singing and cornball comedy skit group The Lewis Family, toured nationally and issued over 60 albums of gospel music before his death on 3/23/2004, age 98
1913 ● Alvin LeRoy Holmes → Pop instrumental bandleader, film score composer and arranger, Smile (1975) and other films, died on 7/27/1986, age 72
1930 ● Joni James / (Giovanna Carmella Babbo) → Traditional pop vocalist, “You Are My Love” (#6, 1954) and sixteen other Top 40 hits in the 50s
1942 ● Mike Patto → Lead vocals and keyboards for blues-rock Spooky Tooth, “Feelin’ Bad” (#132, 1969), later co-founded hard rock Boxer but died of cancer before the band gained momentum on 3/4/1979, age 36
1943 ● Toni Basil / (Antonia Christina Basilotta) → New Wave one hit wonder singer, “Mickey” (#1, 1982), dancer, choreographer, actress and filmmaker
1944 ● Roger Nichols / (Roger Scott Nichols) → Nuclear power plant physicist turned eight-time Grammy-winning rock and pop music recording engineer for Steely Dan, John Denver, Frank Zappa, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Estefan, Bela Fleck and many other major acts, pioneered the now-commonplace technique of “digital drum replacement” by inventing the Wendel sampling computer, died from pancreatic cancer on 4/9/2011, age 66
1944 ● Sam Pace → Tenor vocals in R&B soul vocal group The Esquires (“Get On Up,” #11, 1967), died following a long illness on 1/7/2013, age 68
1951 ● David Coverdale → Songwriter and lead vocals for Deep Purple in 1974-76, recorded two solo albums and formed hard rock/hair metal Whitesnake in 1977, “Here I Go Again” (#1, 1987) and six other Mainstream Rock Top 40 hits
1952 ● Mark Panker → Guitarist for critically acclaimed but light selling alt pop-rock American Music Club (1991 album Everclear)
1953 ● Richard Fairbrass → Vocals for dance-pop Right Said Fred, “I’m Too Sexy” (#1, 1991)
1956 ● Debby Boone → Grammy-winning Christian and inspirational pop music singer, “You Light Up My Life” (#1, 1977), daughter of 50s pop crooner Pat Boone
1956 ● Doug Wimbish → Bassist for prog-funk-metal Living Colour, “Cult Of Personality” (#13, 1988) and Sugarhill Records studio session musician
1957 ● Johnette Napolitano → Singer/songwriter, bassist and founder of post-punk alt rock Concrete Blonde, “Joey” (Modern Rock #1, 1990), toured with Talking Heads as lead singer in 1996, solo
1957 ● Nick Cave → Aussie singer, songwriter and bandleader for goth-rock pioneers The Birthday Party, then alt rock Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “Where The Wild Roses Grow” (Australia #2, UK #11, 1995), formed garage rock Grinderman in 2007
1957 ● Peter Jones → Bassist for punk rock Public Image Ltd., “This Is Not A Love Song” (UK #5, 1983), currently owns a ceramic art studio
1958 ● Joan Jett / (Joan Marie Larkin) → Guitar, vocals and founding member of teenage all-girl hard rock group The Runaways, “Cherry Bomb” (1976), then founded and fronted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock N’ Roll (#1, 1981)
1958 ● Peter Nelson → Bassist for post-punk/alt rock New Model Army, “No Rest” (UK #28, 1985)
1965 ● Adam Cairns → Guitar and vocals for Irish grunge rock/alt metal Therapy?, “Screamager” (, 1993)
1966 ● Rhett Forrester → Lead vocals for 80s New York-based heavy metal Riot plus solo albums and collaborations with blues-metal guitarist Jack Starr and several second-tier metal bands, murdered in an apparent carjacking/shooting in Atlanta on 1/22/1994, age 27
1975 ● Mystikal / (Michael Tyler) → Dirty South rapper, “Danger (Been So Long)” (#14, Rap #3, 2001) with five solo albums and multiple collaborations as featured artist
1982 ● Billie / (Lianne Piper) → Singer and TV actress, “Because We Want To” (UK #1, 1998), the youngest (age 16) artist to debut at #1 on the UK charts

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Singles Released This Week (September 10 -16)

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

(Note: This is a work-in-progress. We are updating the database every week, so check back frequently for updates. And tell your friends about DrRock.com!)

(Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side)

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


September 10
1968 • Marvin Gaye • “His Eyes Are On The Sparrow” • Soul – Gospel • In Loving Memory [Various Artists] • “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” [Gladys Knight & The Pips]
1974 • Elvis Presley • “Promised Land” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “It’s Midnight”
1978 • Harry Chapin • “Flowers Are Red” • Folk-Pop • Living Room Suite • “Jenny”
1982 • The Jam • “The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)” • Punk/Mod Revival • [Single] • “Pity Poor Alfie”
1982 • Weather Girls • “It’s Raining Men” • Disco/Hi-NRG • Success • “It’s Raining Men” [Long Version]
1991 • Nirvana • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” • Grunge • Nevermind • “Drain You”


September 11
1962 • Sam Cooke • “Somebody Have Mercy” • Soul • [Single] • “Nothing Can Change This Love”
2000 • Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis • “Cruisin'” • Blue-Eyed Soul • Duets: Original Soundtrack [Sndtrk] • N/A


September 12
1957 • Buddy Holly • “I’m Gonna Love You Too” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “Listen To Me”
1960 • Aretha Franklin • “Today I Sing The Blues” • Jazz-Soul • Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo • “Love Is The Only Thing”
1969 • Dusty Springfield • “Am I The Same Girl” • Pop/Rock • [Single] • “Earthbound Gypsy”
1975 • George Harrison • “You” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Extra Texture • “World Of Stone”
1980 • Stevie Wonder • “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” • Reggae • Hotter Than July • “Master Blaster” [Instrumental]
1984 • Tina Turner • “Better Be Good To Me” • Pop-Rock • Private Dancer • “When I Was Young”
1989 • Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville • “Don’t Know Much” • Pop-Rock • Cry Like A Rainstorm – Howl Like The Wind • “When Something is Wrong With My Baby”


September 13
1965 • The Beatles • “Yesterday” • Pop-Rock • Help! • “Act Naturally”
1965 • The Beatles • “Act Naturally” • Rockabilly • Help! • [B-Side]
1965 • Simon & Garfunkel • “The Sound Of Silence” • Folk-Pop • [Single] • “We’ve Got A Groovy Thing Goin'”
1966 • Elvis Presley • “Spinout” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Spinout • “All That I Am”
1966 • Elvis Presley • “All That I Am” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Spinout • [B-Side]
1981 • J. Geils Band • “Centerfold” • Blues-Rock • Freeze-Frame • “Rage In The Cage”
1993 • Peter Gabriel • “Kiss That Frog” [Album Version Edit] [UK] • Prog Rock • Us • “Kiss That Frog” [Mind Blender Version Edit]
1997 • Elton John • “Something About The Way You Look Tonight” [UK] • Pop-Rock • The Big Picture • “I Know Why I’m In Love”
1997 • Elton John • “Something About The Way You Look Tonight” • Pop-Rock • The Big Picture • “I Know Why I’m In Love”


September 14
1965 • Marvin Gaye • “Ain’t That Peculiar” • Soul – Pop • Moods Of Marvin Gaye • “She’s Got To Be Real”
1971 • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas • “Bless You” • Soul – Dance • Black Magic • “Hope I Don’t Get My Heat Broke”
1979 • Blondie • “Dreaming” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Eat To The Beat • “Sound-A-Sleep”
1979 • XTC • “Making Plans For Nigel” • New Wave Pop-Rock • Drums And Wires • “Bushman President “
1987 • Yes • “Love Will Find A Way” • Prog Rock • Big Generator • “Holy Lamb (Song For Harmonic Convergence)”
1987 • Pink Floyd • “Learning To Fly” • Prog Rock • A Momentary Lapse Of Reason • “Terminal Frost”
1992 • Peter Gabriel • “Digging In The Dirt” • Prog Rock • Us • “Quiet Steam”


September 15
1959 • Jerry Lee Lewis • “Little Queenie” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You”
1967 • Kaleidoscope [UK] • “Flight From Ashiya” [UK] • Psych-Rock • [Single] • “Holidaymaker”
1967 • The Hollies • “King Midas in Reverse” • Pop-Rock • Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse • “Water On The Brain”
1970 • The Temptations • “Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)” • Psychedelic Soul • Sky’s The Limit • “Hum Along And Dance”
1970 • The Temptations • “Hum Along And Dance” • Psychedelic Soul • Sky’s The Limit • [B-Side]
1975 • George Harrison • “You” • Pop-Rock • Extra Texture • “World Of Stone”
1978 • The Rolling Stones • “Respectable” • Blues-Rock • Some Girls • “When The Whip Comes Down”
1980 • Pat Benatar • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” • Power Pop • Crimes Of Passion • “Prisoner Of Love”
1984 • Janet Jackson & Cliff Richard • “Two To The Power of Love” • Dance-Pop • Dream Street • “Rock ‘N’ Roll [Janet Jackson]”
1989 • Prince • “Partyman” • Dance-Pop • Batman • “Feel U Up”
1997 • Genesis • “Congo” • Prog Rock • Calling All Stations • “Papa He Said”


September 16
1963 • The Beatles • “She Loves You” • Brit Beat • The Beatles’ Second Album • “I’ll Get You”
1970 • Neil Diamond • “Sweet Caroline” • Pop-Rock • Neil Diamond • “Dig In”
1979 • The Sugarhill Gang • “Rapper’s Delight” • Old School Rap • The Sugarhill Gang • “Rapper’s Delight” [Long Version]
1981 • A Flock Of Seagulls • “Telecommunication” • New Wave Synth-Pop • A Flock Of Seagulls • “Intro”
1985 • Kiss • “Tears Are Falling” • Hard Rock • Asylum • “Any Way You Slice It”
1988 • Little Feat • “Hate To Lose Your Lovin'” • Country-Rock • Let It Roll • “Cajun Girl”
1989 • Bad English • “When I See You Smile” • Arena Rock • Bad English • “Heaven Is A 4 Letter Word”
1994 • Silverchair • “Tomorrow” • Alt Rock/Grunge • Frogstomp • “Acid Rain”
1996 • Alanis Morissette • “Head Over Feet” • Alt Pop-Rock • Jagged Little Pill • “Hand In My Pocket” [Live]

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Albums Released This Week (September 10 – 16)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


September 10
1971 ● Carpenters —— Golden Prize [Japan] ► Easy Listening
1973 ● Eric Clapton —— Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert ► Blues-Rock
1974 ● Randy Newman —— Good Old Boys ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● Frank Zappa —— Roxy & Elsewhere ► Art Rock
1975 ● Kiss —— Alive! ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Bob Dylan —— Hard Rain ► Folk-Rock
1982 ● Diana Ross —— Silk Electric ► Soul – Motown
1986 ● Bill Drummond —— The Man ► Folk-Pop
1990 ● Betty Boo —— Boomania ► Dance-Pop
1991 ● John Cale —— Even Cowgirls Get The Blues ► Art Rock
1991 ● Sarah McLachlan —— Solace ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Jethro Tull —— Catfish Rising ► Prog Rock
1996 ● John Mellencamp —— Mr. Happy Go Lucky ► Roots Rock
1996 ● R.E.M. —— New Adventures In Hi-Fi ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1996 ● Rush —— Test For Echo ► Prog/Art Rock
2001 ● Alison Moyet —— The Essential Alison Moyet ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● Alison Moyet —— Hometime ► AA Pop-Rock
2002 ● Peter Wolf —— Sleepless ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul
2012 ● Duran Duran —— The Biggest And The Best ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2013 ● The Clash —— 5 Album Studio Set ► Punk
2013 ● The Clash —— Sound System ► Punk
2013 ● Madonna —— MDNA World Tour ► Dance-Pop


September 11
1964 ● Manfred Mann —— The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann [UK] ► Blues-Rock
1967 ● Chad & Jeremy —— Of Cabbages And Kings ► Folk-Pop
1967 ● The Beach Boys —— Smiley Smile ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Bruce Springsteen —— The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle ► Album Rock
1978 ● Gentle Giant —— Giant For A Day ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Foreigner —— Head Games ► Arena Rock
1981 ● Ultravox —— Rage In Eden ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1985 ● Falco —— Falco 3 ► Dance-Pop
1986 ● Triumph —— The Sport Of Kings ► Arena Rock
1987 ● Jethro Tull —— Crest Of A Knave ► Prog Rock
1987 ● The Temptations —— Together Again ► Soul
1989 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Brave And Crazy ► Roots Rock
1989 ● Eurythmics —— We Too Are One ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1990 ● Warrant —— Cherry Pie ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Bob Dylan —— Under The Red Sky ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Stephen Stills —— Stills Alone ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Blur —— The Great Escape ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop
1995 ● Dion —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock
1996 ● Belinda Carlisle —— A Man And A Woman ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Mariah Carey —— Butterfly ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Steps —— Step One [UK] ► Britpop
2001 ● Bob Dylan —— Love And Theft ► Folk-Rock
2001 ● Mariah Carey —— Glitter [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● John Hiatt —— The Tiki Bar Is Open ► Roots Rock
2001 ● Nickelback —— Silver Side Up ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge
2001 ● Boz Scaggs —— Dig It ► Pop-Rock
2012 ● The Knack —— Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos ► Power Pop
2012 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Away From The World ► AA Pop-Rock
2012 ● Bob Dylan —— Tempest ► Folk-Rock
2013 ● The Clash —— The Clash Hits Back ► Punk
2015 ● Scorpions —— Return To Forever ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
2015 ● Duran Duran —— Paper Gods ► New Wave Pop-Rock


September 12
1963 ● Brenda Lee —— Let Me Sing ► Country-Pop
1969 ● The Rolling Stones —— Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) ► Blues-Rock
1973 ● The Jackson 5 —— G.I.T.: Get It Together ► Soul – Motown
1975 ● Thin Lizzy —— Fighting ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Electric Light Orchestra —— A New World Record ► Prog. Rock
1977 ● Chicago —— Chicago XI ► Jazz-Rock
1980 ● David Bowie —— Scary Monsters ► Glam Rock
1980 ● Golden Earring —— Long Blonde Animal ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Golden Earring —— Prisoner Of The Night [UK] ► Hard Rock
1980 ● XTC —— Black Sea ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1981 ● Simple Minds —— Sister Feelings Call ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1981 ● Simple Minds —— Sons And Fascination ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1983 ● UB40 —— Labour Of Love ► Reggae-Pop
1983 ● Saga —— Heads Or Tales ► Prog. Rock
1984 ● Talking Heads —— Stop Making Sense ► New Wave Art-Rock
1984 ● The dB’s —— Like This ► Power Pop
1988 ● Skinny Puppy —— VIVIsectVI ► Alt. Rock – Industrial
1989 ● Aerosmith —— Pump ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Annihilator —— Never, Neverland ► Thrash Metal
1994 ● Disco Inferno —— D. I. Go Pop ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental
1995 ● Big Audio Dynamite —— Planet B.A.D. ► Post-Punk Alt. Rock
1995 ● Lenny Kravitz —— Circus ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Jethro Tull —— Roots To Branches ► Prog Rock
1996 ● Stina Nordenstam —— Dynamite ► Pop-Rock/Dream Pop
1999 ● Sloan —— Between The Bridges ► Alt Indie Rock
2000 ● At The Drive-In —— Relationship Of Command ► Punk Rock
2000 ● Christina Aguilera —— Mi Reflejo ► Dance-Pop
2000 ● Bloodrock —— Triptych ► Hard Rock
2000 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Christmas Time Again ► Southern Rock
2005 ● David Gray —— Life in Slow Motion ► AA Pop-Rock
2005 ● Simple Minds —— Black & White 050505 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2006 ● Atlanta Rhythm Section —— The Day Bear Bryant Died ► Southern Rock
2006 ● Everclear —— Welcome To The Drama Club ► Grunge-Punk
2006 ● Peter Frampton —— Fingerprints ► Arena Rock
2006 ● R.E.M. —— And I Feel Fine…The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2006 ● Bob Seger —— Face The Promise ► Heartland Rock
2008 ● Metallica —— Death Magnetic ► Heavy Metal
2011 ● PJ Harvey —— iTunes Session [EP] ► Indie Rock


September 13
1965 ● Manfred Mann —— My Little Red Book Of Winners! ► Rock n Roll
1967 ● Bobby Darin —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Yes —— Close To The Edge ► Prog Rock
1974 ● Jackson Browne —— Late For The Sky ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● Supertramp —— Crime Of The Century ► Prog/Art Rock
1974 ● LaBelle —— Nightbirds ► Funk
1974 ● Ronnie Wood —— I’ve Got My Own Album To Do ► Hard Rock
1974 ● Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Rose Royce —— Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Sndtrk] ► Disco
1976 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— One More From The Road ► Southern Rock
1977 ● Elton John —— Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Kate Bush —— The Dreaming ► Art Rock
1982 ● Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ► New Wave Alt. Pop
1984 ● Dokken —— Tooth And Nail ► Heavy Metal
1984 ● Kiss —— Animalize ► Hard Rock
1985 ● Stevie Wonder —— In Square Circle ► Pop-R&B
1988 ● Fishbone —— Truth And Soul ► Alt Pop-Rock
1988 ● Tanita Tikram —— Ancient Heart ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Jeff Healey Band —— See The Light ► Blues-Rock
1988 ● The Smiths —— Rank ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1989 ● Tina Turner —— Foreign Affair ► Pop-Rock
1992 ● The Shamen —— Boss Drum ► Alt Rock/Electro-Psych
1993 ● The Cure —— Show ► Post-Punk
1994 ● The Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready To Die ► Gangsta Rap
1994 ● Blues Traveler —— Four ► Blues-Rock
1994 ● Various Artists —— If I Were A Carpenter ► Alt Rock
1994 ● Eric Clapton —— From The Cradle ► Blues-Rock
1994 ● Peter Gabriel —— Secret World Live ► Prog Rock
1994 ● Curtis Mayfield —— Live ► Soul/Funk
1999 ● The Beatles —— Yellow Submarine Songtrack ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Tracy Chapman —— Where You Live ► AA Pop-Rock
2005 ● Spin Doctors —— Nice Talking To Me ► Alt Pop-Rock
2005 ● Bonnie Raitt —— Souls Alike ► Blues-Rock
2010 ● Phil Collins —— Going Back ► Pop-Rock
2011 ● Bush —— The Sea Of Memories ► Grunge Rock
2011 ● Alice Cooper —— Welcome 2 My Nightmare ► Hard Rock
2011 ● Nick Lowe —— The Old Magic ► Pub Rock
2011 ● Aerosmith —— The Essential Aerosmith ► Hard Rock
2011 ● Eric Clapton —— Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center ► Blues-Rock
2011 ● Winton Marsalis And Eric Clapton —— Play The Blues Live From Jazz At Lincolcn Center ► Blues-Rock


September 14
1964 ● Doris Day —— The Doris Day Christmas Album ► Holiday Pop
1970 ● The Byrds —— (Untitled) ► Country-Rock
1975 ● Supertramp —— Crisis? What Crisis? ► Prog/Art Rock
1979 ● Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch ► Prog Rock
1981 ● Genesis —— Abacab ► Prog Rock
1987 ● Faith No More —— Introduce Yourself ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Mick Jagger —— Primitive Cool ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Meat Beat Manifesto —— Armed Audio Warfare ► Techno-Industrial
1992 ● Blind Melon —— Blind Melon ► Alt. Rock
1992 ● Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music [UK] ► Folk-Rock
1993 ● Counting Crows —— August And Everything After ► AA Pop-Rock
1993 ● Teddy Pendergrass —— A Little More Magic ► Soul-Pop
1993 ● Squeeze —— Some Fantastic Place ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1993 ● Ringo Starr —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Volume 2: Live From Montreux ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Bryan Adams —— Live ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millennium ► Soul-Funk
1993 ● Prince —— The Hits/The B-Sides ► Dance-Pop
1996 ● dEUS —— In A Bar, Under The Sea [UK] ► Avant Grunge
1999 ● Iggy Pop —— Avenue B ► Alt. Rock / Punk
1999 ● Luis Miguel —— Amarte Es Un Placer ► Latin Pop
1999 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Long Train Runnin’: 1970-2000 ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● Alice Cooper —— School’s Out And Other Hits ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Gov’t Mule —— Deja Voodoo ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
2004 ● Tears For Fears —— Everybody Loves A Happy Ending ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2004 ● Blondie —— Live By Request ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2004 ● Joni Mitchell —— Dreamland ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Frank Zappa —— QuAUDIOPHILIAC ► Art Rock
2008 ● Mark Knopfler —— Get Lucky ► Roots Rock
2009 ● David Gray —— Draw The Line ► AA Pop-Rock
2010 ● Weezer —— Hurley ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop
2010 ● Leonard Cohen —— Songs From The Road ► Soft Rock
2012 ● Marilyn Martin —— Trust, Love, Pray ► Contemporary CCM


September 15
1960 ● Johnny Cash —— Sings Hank Williams ► Classic Country
1965 ● Otis Redding —— Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul ► Memphis Soul
1966 ● Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane Takes Off ► Psychedelic Rock (SFO)
1967 ● The Kinks —— Something Else By The Kinks ► British Rock
1971 ● Bobby Womack —— Communication ► Soul-Funk
1971 ● The Band —— Cahoots ► Folk-Rock
1971 ● Deep Purple —— Fireball ► Hard Rock
1972 ● John Denver —— Rocky Mountain High ► Folk-Pop
1972 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Phoenix ► Hard Rock
1973 ● Poco —— Crazy Eyes ► Country-Rock
1975 ● Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here ► Prog Rock
1975 ● David Crosby & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water ► Folk-Rock
1975 ● Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates ► Pop-Rock
1978 ● Frank Zappa —— Studio Tan ► Art Rock
1983 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Sports ► Pop-Rock
1984 ● Motörhead —— No Remorse ► Heavy Metal
1986 ● Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Blood & Chocolate ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1986 ● Love And Rockets —— Express ► Alt Pop-Rock
1986 ● Ric Ocasek —— This Side Of Paradise ► Pop-Rock
1987 ● Tiffany —— Tiffany ► Dance-Pop
1987 ● The Ramones —— Halfway To Sanity ► Punk-Rock
1987 ● Donna Summer —— All Systems Go ► Dance-Pop
1991 ● Rick Wakeman —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future ► Prog Rock
1992 ● Bad 4 Good —— Refugee ► Heavy Metal/Teen Metal
1992 ● Michael Penn —— Free-For-All ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1996 ● New Edition —— Home Again ► Soul-Pop
1998 ● Death —— Sound Of Perseverance ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1998 ● Marilyn Manson —— Mechanical Animals ► Heavy Metal/Alt Metal
1998 ● America —— Human Nature ► Folk-Rock
2003 ● The Human League —— The Very Best Of The Human League ► New Wave Synth-Pop
2006 ● Elton John —— The Captain & The Kid ► Pop-Rock
2009 ● Ace Frehley —— Anomaly ► Pop-Metal


September 16
1967 ● Neil Diamond —— Just For You ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Electric Ladyland ► Psychedelic Rock
1969 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Sugar ‘N’ Spice ► Soul – Motown
1969 ● Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell —— Easy ► Soul – Motown
1977 ● Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 ► New Wave Art-Rock
1977 ● Diana Ross —— Baby, It’s Me ► Soul – Motown
1977 ● Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane —— Rough Mix ► Prog Rock
1979 ● Rory Gallagher —— Top Priority ► Blues-Rock
1980 ● John Mellencamp (John Cougar) —— Nothing Matters (And What If It Did) ► Roots Rock
1983 ● Gary Numan —— Warriors ► New Wave Synth Pop
1984 ● Deep Purple —— Perfect Strangers ► Hard Rock
1985 ● The Waterboys —— This Is The Sea ► Folk-Rock
1985 ● Marshall Crenshaw —— Downtown ► Power Pop
1985 ● Slayer —— Hell Awaits ► Heavy Metal
1985 ● Kiss —— Asylum ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Lizzy Borden —— Visual Lies ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal
1988 ● Eazy-E —— Eazy-Duz-It ► Gangsta Rap
1988 ● Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1990 ● Gloria Estefan —— Exitos De Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop
1992 ● Jonathan Richman —— I, Jonathan ► College Rock
1997 ● Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club ► Afro-Cuban Jazz
1997 ● Brooks & Dunn —— The Greatest Hits Collection ► Country-Rock
1997 ● Carly Simon —— Film Noir ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● The Band —— Jubilation ► Folk-Rock
2002 ● Death In Vegas —— Scorpio Rising ► Electronic Pop
2003 ● Joss Stone —— The Soul Sessions ► Soul (Neo-Soul)
2003 ● David Bowie —— Reality ► Glam Rock
2013 ● Elton John —— The Diving Board ► Pop-Rock

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This Week’s Birthdays (September 9 – 15)

Happy Birthday this week to:

September 09
1940 ● Joe Negroni → Founding member and baritone vocals for R&B/doo wop Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (#6, 1956), died from a cerebral hemorrhage on 9/5/1978, age 37
1941 ● Otis Redding → The “King of Soul,” highly-influential and talented Southern soul vocalist, Stax Records artist and rising crossover star, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (#1, 1968), died in a plane crash on 12/10/1967, age 26
1941 ● Duffy Power / (Raymond Leslie Howard) → 60s Britpop singer and guitarist in the style of Billy Fury and Georgie Fame but with far less appeal, turned to a career as a talented but commercially unsuccessful blues rock musician, recorded and toured intermittently up to his death on 2/19/2014, age 72
1942 ● Inez Foxx → With brother Charlie, one half of the one hit wonder R&B/soul duo Inez & Charlie Foxx, “Mockingbird” (#7, 1963)
1942 ● Luther Simmons, Jr. → Founding member and vocals for R&B/romantic soul The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” (#3, 1972)
1945 ● Dee Dee Sharp / (Dione LaRue) → Early black female teen idol R&B/soul singer, “Mashed Potato Time” (#2, 1962)
1945 ● Doug Ingle → Founding member, keyboards, vocals and primary songwriter for psych-rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970)
1945 ● Andrea Simpson → With partner Lois Wilkinson, one half of the British Invasion pop-rock girl duo The Caravelles, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry” (#3, 1963)
1946 ● Trevor Oakes → Guitarist for Brit rock ‘n’ roll revival Showaddywaddy, “Under The Moon Of Love” (UK #1, 1976) and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles
1946 ● Bruce Palmer → Original bassist Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (#7, 1967), died after suffering a heart attack on 10/1/2004, age 58
1947 ● Freddy Weller / (Wilton Frederick Weller) → Session guitarist, then lead guitar for hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Just Like Me” (#11, 1965), songwriter who worked with and co-wrote hits for and with Reba McEntire, Joe South, Tommy James and others
1948 ● Pamela Des Barres / (Pamela Anne Miller) → Rock groupie, singer, author and magazine writer known for her numerous sexual partners including Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Grams Parsons and her memoir I’m With The Band (1987), performed with Frank Zappa-sponsored musical group The GTOs and had small parts in several films, TV shows and commercials, once married to Michael Des Barres, lead singer in hard rock Detective
1950 ● John McFee → Guitarist for California soul-pop-rock The Doobie Brothers, “Listen To The Music” (#11, 1972), then co-founded country-rock Southern Pacific, “New Shade Of Blue” (Country #2, 1988)
1952 ● David Allan Stewart → Guitarist, songwriter and producer, one half of groundbreaking synth-pop duo Eurythmics, “Sweet Dreams” (Are Made Of This)” (#1, 1983), then solo and multiple collaborations, co-writing and side projects
1967 ● Chris Caffery → Guitarist, singer and songwriter for heavy metal Savatage (“Edge Of Thorns”, Mainstream Rock #26, 1993) and prog metal Trans Siberian Orchestra, plus several solo albums
1970 ● Krazy Drazyz / (Andre Weston) → One half of hip hop streaming nonsense lyrics duo Das EFX, “Straight From The Sewer” (Rap #3, 1993)
1975 ● Michael Bublé → Canadian jazz-pop, swing , big band and adult contemporary crooner, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (#23, 2009)

September 10
1898 ● Waldo Lonsbury Semon → Chemist and inventor of the synthetic polymer compound polyvinyl chloride (PVC), commonly known as vinyl, the substance used in hundreds of millions of music records since the 1940s, died from natural causes on 5/26/1999, age 100
1925 ● Roy Brown → Pioneering R&B/gospel and rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter, wrote and recorded the oft-covered “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (R&B #13, 1947) and other rock standards, died of a heart attack on 5/25/1981, age 55
1939 ● Cynthia Lennon / (Cynthia Powell) → First wife of John Lennon, mother of his son, Julian Lennon, and author of two memoirs on their troubled union, married on 8/23/1962 and divorced on 11/8/1968 after John took up with Yoko Ono, died from cancer on 4/1/2015, age 75
1940 ● Roy Ayers → Jazz-funk-soul (and proto-rap) vibraphonist, composer and bandleader, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, “Move To Groove” (1972)
1942 ● Danny Hutton → Co-founder and one of three lead vocalists for top-tier pop-rock Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” (#1, 1971) and ten other Top 10 hits between 1969 and 1974
1945 ● José Feliciano → Latino folk-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist, covered The Doors‘ “Light My Fire” (#3, 1968), won seven Grammys over a 40 year recording career
1946 ● Don Powell → Drummer for Brit glam-metal Slade, “Run Runaway” (#20, 1984)
1949 ● Barriemore Barlow → Drums and percussion for long-lived Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973), session work and producer
1950 ● Joe Perry → Guitarist for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004), solo and bandleader
1951 ● Peter Tolson → Guitarist for raunchy R&B/blues-rock British Invasion band The Pretty Things, “Don’t Bring Me Down” (UK #10, 1964)
1955 ● Pat Mastelotto / (Lee Patrick Mastelotto) → Drums and percussion for 80s atmospheric pop-rock quartet Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” (#1, 1985)
1956 ● Johnnie Fingers / (John Peter Moylett) → Founding member and pianist for Irish pop-punk Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (#73, 1979) and “Rat Trap” (UK #1, 1979), the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK
1957 ● Carol Decker → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock T’Pau, “Heart And Soul” (#4, 1987)
1957 ● Siobhan Fahey → Vocals for hugely successful Brit synth-dance-pop girl group Bananarama, covered “Venus” (#1, 1986), then for R&B/synth-pop duo Shakespear’s Sister, “Stay” (#4, 1992)
1960 ● David Lowery → Singer, songwriter, guitarist and frontman for eclectic alt rock pop-ska-punk-folk fusion Camper Van Beethoven, “Take The Skinheads Bowling” (1985), later founded and fronted roots rock Cracker, “I Hate My Generation” (Mainstream Rock #24, 1996)
1966 ● Miles Zuniga → Guitars, vocals and songwriting for alt rock/power pop Fastball, “Out Of My Head” (#20, Adult Top 40 #3, 1999)
1966 ● Robin Goodridge → Drummer for alt-rock Bush, “Glycerine” (Mainstream #4, 1995)
1968 ● Big Daddy Kane / (Antonio Hardy) → Early and influential sophisticated rapper, first with East Coast rap consortium Juice Crew, then solo, “Smooth Operator” (Rap #1, 1989)
1980 ● Mikey Way / (Michael James Way) → Bass guitar in 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)
1984 ● Cameron Matthew Followill → Lead guitar for Southern blues-indie rock Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire” (Modern Rock #1, 2008)
1985 ● Matthew Johnson → Vocals in teen pop boy band One True Voice, “Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone” (UK #2, 2002)

September 11
1918 ● Estelle Axton → With her younger brother, Jim Stewart, co-founder of legendary Memphis-based soul label and Motown rival Stax Records, the widely-renowned home to Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and others, died from natural causes on 2/24/2004, age 85
1938 ● Charles Patrick → Lead vocals for one hit wonder R&B/doo wop sextet The Monotones, “(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love” (#5, 1958)
1940 ● Bernie Dwyer → Drummer for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), died of lung cancer on 12/4/2002, age 62
1943 ● Mickey Hart → Drums and percussion for Grateful Dead, “Touch Of Grey” (# 9, 1987), bandleader for Rolling Thunder Review, solo career with two Grammy-winning world music albums, author and film score composer
1943 ● Jack Ely → Guitarist, vocalist, co-founder of garage rock one hit wonder The Kingsmen and singer of their version of “Louie Louie” (#2, 1963), left for an unsuccessful solo career, recovered from alcoholism and recorded an album of Christian music in 2011, died from skin cancer on 4/29/2015, age 71
1945 ● Leo Kottke → Virtuoso acoustic folk guitar singer and songwriter with 21 albums and numerous collaborations with John Fahey, Lyle Lovett, Mike Gordon, Rickie Lee Jones and others
1946 ● Dennis Tufano → Original lead singer for Chicago-based pop-horn-rock The Buckinghams, “Kind Of A Drag” (#1, 1967), continues with the band on the oldies circuit
1947 ● Richard Jaeger → Session and backing band percussionist for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul McCartney, The Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr and others, died on 8/27/2000, age 52
1948 ● John Martyn / (Iain David McGeachy) → Largely overlooked, innovative folk-blues-jazz rock fusion singer, songwriter and guitarist, Brit folk genre-defining album Solid Air (1970) and 19 other studio discs, died from pneumonia on 1/29/2009, age 60
1953 ● Tommy Shaw → Guitar for prototypical arena rockers Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), then in pop metal/arena rock supergroup Damn Yankees, “High Enough” (#3, 1990)
1957 ● Jon Langford → Co-founder, guitar, vocals and one of two constant members of long-running punk rock The Mekons, “Never Been In A Riot” (1978), solo plus visual and comic artist
1957 ● Jon Moss → Drummer for new romantic synth-pop Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” (#12, 1984) and first-wave punk rockers The Damned, “Eloise” (UK #3, 1986)
1958 ● Mick Talbot → Keyboards for New Wave pop-rock Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen” (#1, 1983), then sophisti-pop-soul The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods” (#29, UK #5, 1984) and The Bureau
1959 ● Rory Lyons → Drummer for rockabilly revival (“psychobilly”) King Kurt, “Destination Zululand” (UK #38, 1983)
1964 ● Victor Wooten → Composer, author, producer and Grammy-winning bassist with progressive folk-bluegrass Béla Fleck And The Flecktones, “The Sinister Minister” (Best Pop Instrumental, 1997), collaborations with Stanley Clarke and others, three-time winner of Bass Player magazine’s “Bassist of the Year” award
1965 ● Moby / (Richard Melville Hall) → Multi-instrumentalist one man band techno-dance-pop artist, “South Side” (#14, 2000), producer, descendent of Moby Dick author Herman Melville
1966 ● Greg Kane → Scottish pianist and co-member with brother Pat in contemporary dance-pop/electronica Hue And Cry, “Labour Of Love” (UK #6, 1987)
1967 ● Harry Connick, Jr. → Three-time Grammy-winning big band and jazz-pop singer, “Hear Me In The Harmony” (Adult Contemporary #18, 1996)
1971 ● Richard Ashcroft → Guitar and vocals for neo-psych-pop The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998), solo
1975 ● Brad Fischetti → Vocals for pop/rap trio LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones or Low Frequency Oscillator), “Summer Girls” (#3, 1999)
1977 ● Jon Buckland → Lead guitarist for Brit-pop/anthem rock Coldplay, “Speed Of Sound” (#8, 2005)
1977 ● Ludacris / (Christopher Brian Bridges) → Grammy-winning “Dirty South” movement rapper, “Stand Up” (#1, 2004), co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace label, actor and philanthropist
1981 ● Charles Kelley → Founding member, vocals and songwriting for country-rock harmony group Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” (#2, Country #1, 2009) plus solo albums and collaborative songwriting

September 12
1924 ● Ella Mae Morse → Country, pop, jazz and R&B singer who flirted at the edges of what would become rock ‘n’ roll, first as a teenage vocalist with 40s big bands (“Cow Cow Boogie,” #1, 1942, Capitol Records‘ first million-selling record) and later as a 50s solo artist (“The Blacksmith Blues,” #1, 1952), retired by 1960 and died from respiratory failure on 10/16/1999, age 75
1931 ● George Jones → Hard-partying and hardcore honky tonk and later smooth ballad country star with 70 Country Top 10 hits, including “She Thinks I Still Care” (#1, 1962), married four times including six years to country queen Tammy Wynette, died from hypoxic respiratory failure on 4/26/2013, age 81
1943 ● Maria Muldaur / (Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D’Amato) → Greenwich Village folk scene bandmember, then solo folk-pop singer/songwriter, “Midnight at the Oasis” (#6, 1970), backing vocals for Grateful Dead in late-70s
1944 ● Colin Young → Lead singer for Brit R&B/soul-pop The Foundations, “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” (#11, 1967)
1944 ● Barry White / (Barry Eugene Carter) → Deep baritone R&B/soul singer, songwriter, producer/bandleader for the Love Unlimited Orchestra, his soaring instrumental “Love’s Theme” (#1, 1973) is widely considered the first “disco” hit and was followed by a string of solo R&B and Pop hits in the early 70s, including “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” (#1, R&B #1, 1974), enjoyed a Grammy-winning career resurgence in the late 80s and died from kidney failure caused by hypertension on 7/4/2003, age 58
1946 ● Dickie Peterson / (Richard Allan Peterson) → Lead vocals and bass guitar for early metal/psych-blues-rock power trio Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” (#14, 1968), plus two solo albums, continued to perform in various lineups of the band until his death from liver cancer on 10/12/2009, age 63
1946 ● T-Bone Bellamy / (Robert Anthony Bellamy) → Lead guitar, piano and vocals for Native American rockers Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (#5, 1974), died from liver failure on 12/25/2009, age 63
1952 ● Gerry Beckley → Founding member, guitar, piano, vocals and songwriter for folk-pop America, “A Horse With No Name” (#1, 1972)
1952 ● Neal Peart → Drummer and principal lyricist with Canadian arena rock/power trio Rush, “New World Man” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1982) and 24 other Mainstream Rock Top 20 singles
1956 ● Barry Andrews → Vocals and keyboards for quirky New Wave synth-pop XTC, “Making Plans For Nigel” (UK #17, 1979), left in 1979 for solo career and session work
1956 ● Brian Robertson → Guitar for underrated Irish hard rock Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” (#12, 1976)
1957 ● Hans Zimmer / (Hans Florian Zimmer) → Four-time Grammy-winning film score composer and record producer with over 150 movie credits, including blockbusters The Lion King (1994), the various Batman flicks and Interstellar (2014), worked for DreamWorks as head of film music and for his own production company
1965 ● John Norwood Fisher → Bass and vocals for alt rock ska-punk-funk fusion Fishbone, “Sunless Saturday” (Modern Rock #7, 1991)
1966 ● Ben Folds → Singer, songwriter, keyboards and frontman for piano-based indie pop-rock Ben Folds Five, “Brick” (1998)
1967 ● Jon Stewart → Guitar for Britpop Sleeper, “Sale Of The Century” (UK #10, 1996)
1968 ● Kenny Thomas → R&B/soul-pop singer, “Thinking About Your Love” (UK #4, 1991), certified acupuncturist
1968 ● Larry LaLonde / (Reid Lawrence LaLonde) → Guitarist in early 80s death metal group Possessed, joined thrash metal Blind Illusion in 1987, now with funk-metal Primus, “N.I.B.” (Mainstream Rock #2, 2000)
1974 ● Jennifer Nettles → Two-time Grammy-winning country music star, lead vocals for duo Sugarland, “All I Want To Do” (#18, Country #1, 2008), duet with Jon Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Country #1, 2005)
1978 ● Ruben Studdard → R&B/soul-pop and gospel crooner, “Flying Without Wings” (#2, 2003), winner of the second series of American Idol
1981 ● Jennifer Hudson → Third season American Idol finalist, Academy Award-winning actress in Dreamgirls (2006), Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop singer, “Spotlight” (#24, Dance/Club #8, 2008)

September 13
1911 ● Bill Monroe → The “Father of Bluegrass”, Grammy-winning singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader for the Blue Grass Boys, solo, “Gotta Travel On” (Country #15, 1959), suffered a stroke and died six weeks later on 9/9/1996, age 84
1916 ● Dick Haymes / (Richard Benjamin Haymes) → Argentina-born actor and singer hugely popular in the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era, recorded dozens of solo singles, including “Little White Lies” (#2, 1948) plus duets withJudy Garland, the Andrews Sisters and others, starred in numerous films through the early 50s, died from lung cancer on 3/28/1980, age 63
1922 ● Charles Brown / (Tony Russell Brown) → Texas blues and R&B/soul balladeer, member of influential Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers and key player in the development of rock ‘n’ roll, bridged 40s cool jazz with blues to form a bluesy R&B precursor to early rock ‘n’ roll, scored several hits in the early 50s, including “Black Night” (R&B #1, 1951), continued to record and perform into the 90s, died from congestive heart failure on 1/21/1999, age 76
1922 ● Yma Sumac / (Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo) → Peruvian-American easy listening lounge music act rumored at times to be a descendant of Incan kings or a housewife named Amy Camus, but known for her five-octave vocal range, flamboyant costumes, full figure and recordings of 50s erotica music, continued to tour and perform periodically through the 90s before dying from colon cancer on 11/1/2008, age 86
1925 ● Mel Tormé / (Melvin Howard Tormé) → The “Velvet Fog,” virtuoso smooth-toned, Grammy-winning jazz-pop nightclub and showroom singer, “Lover’s Roulette” (Adult Contemporary #6, 1967), composed the music for “The Christmas Song,” better known as the now-standard “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” died from complications of a 1996 stroke on 6/5/1999, age 73
1933 ● Lewie Steinberg → Original bass player in Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s, “Green Onions” (#3, 1962), session work outside Stax
1935 ● Bruce Lundvall → Wannabe jazz musician turned career record company executive, first at Columbia Records where he built the label’s jazz roster, later with the Elektra/Musician (jazz) and Manhattan (pop) labels, and, starting in 1984 and continuing for 25 years, as the head of Blue Note Records, where he revived the brand and signed artists such as Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Dianne Reeves, died during surgery related to Parkinson’s disease on 5/19/2015, age 79
1939 ● Dave Quincy → Saxophonist with top notch Brit progressive jazz-rock band If
1939 ● Gene Page → Prolific composer, arranger and conductor, worked with a wide variety of artists from Barry White, The Supremes and other Motown acts to Johnny Mathis and Jefferson Starship, managed smooth soul trio Love Unlimited (“I Belong To You,” #27, R&B #1, 1975), scored multiple films including cult Blaxploitation flick Blacula (1972) and comedy Fun With Dick And Jane (1977), died after a long illness on 8/24/1998, age 58
1941 ● David Clayton-Thomas / (David Henry Thomsett) → Canadian-born lead singer in jazz-rock/pop-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), solo
1943 ● Ray Elliot → Keyboards, saxophone and flute for Irish garage-rock, proto-punk Them, “Gloria” (#71, 1966)
1944 ● Peter Cetera → Original member, bassist, lead vocals and songwriter for jazz-rock-pop fusion Chicago, wrote “Baby What A Big Surprise” (#4, 1977), solo, “Glory Of Love” (#1, 1986) and four other Top 40 singles, producer
1944 ● Les Harvey → Scottish rock guitarist and backing vocalist with his brother in the Alex Harvey Soul Band, joined hard rock Cartoone in 1969 and toured with Led Zeppelinn and Spirit, then co-founded blues-rock Stone The Crows, died from electrocution on stage during a concert on 5/3/1972, age 27
1952 ● Don Was / (Donald Fagenson) → Vocals and co-frontman for eclectic R&B and rock fusion Was (Not Was), “Walk The Dinosaur” (#7, 1989), producer for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Stevie Nicks, The Barenaked Ladies and many others
1952 ● Randy Jones → Vocals (and cowboy character) for campy R&B/disco suggestively gay Village People, “Y.M.C.A.” (#2, 1978)
1954 ● Denis Hegarty → Bass singer, arranger and music director in Brit doo wop/rock ‘n’ roll revival vocal group Darts, “Don’t Let It Fade Away” (UK #18, 1978), TV actor, BBC Radio 1 DJ
1954 ● Steven John Kilbey → Bass and lead vocals for Aussie New Wave psych-pop then prog rock The Church, “Under The Milky Way” (#30, 1989)
1957 ● Joni Sledge / (Joan Elise Sledge) → With her three siblings, lead vocals for family R&B/disco girl-group Sister Sledge and the disco anthem “We Are Family” (#2, 1979) plus ten other R&B Top 10 hits, also produced the group’s Grammy-nominated album, African Eyes (1997), found unresponsive at home and later pronounced dead on 3/10/2017, age 60
1961 ● Dave Mustaine → Original lead guitarist and co-songwriter for heavy metal Metallica, fired in 1983 and became founder, chief songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for thrash-metal Megadeth, “Symphony Of Destruction” (Mainstream #29, 1992)
1965 ● Zak Starkey → Drummer, son of Ringo Starr, third skinman in Grammy-nominated Brit pop Oasis, “Wonderwall” (#8, 1996), unofficial member of The Who since 1996, collaborations with Paul Weller, The Waterboys, The Icicle Works and others
1967 ● Ripper Owens / (Timothy S. Owens) → Lead singer (1996-2003) for influential “New Wave” heavy metal band Judas Priest, left to join heavy/thrash metal Iced Earth, “I Walk Among You” (#3, 2008)
1967 ● Stephen Perkins → Drums and percussion for alt rock/post-punk Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (Mainstream Rock #29, 1990), then hard art-rock Porno For Pyros, “Pets” (Mainstream Rock #25, 1993), sessions
1972 ● Matt Everitt → Drummer for short-lived, super-hyped 90s Britpop Menswear, “Being Brave” (UK #10, 1996)
1975 ● Joe Don Rooney → Guitar for country-pop Rascal Flatts, “Here Come Goodbye” (#11, Country #1, 2009)
1977 ● Fiona Apple / (Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart) → One hit wonder alt pop-rock singer-songwriter, “Criminal” (#21, 1996) was voted Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards, now a cult artist
1983 ● James Bourne → Co-founder, singer and songwriter in Brit pop-punk boyband Busted, “You Said No” (UK #1, 2003)
1993 ● Niall James Horan → Vocals in Brit-Irish boy band quintet One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4, UK #1, 2011)

September 14
1914 ● Mae Boren Axton → Country songwriter, the “Queen Mother of Nashville,” wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs including Elvis Presley‘s hit “Heartbreak Hotel” (#1, 1956), died from drowning in her bath at home after a suspected heart attack on 4/9/1997, age 82
1918 ● Cachao / (Israel López Valdés) → The “Original Mambo King,” Cuban bassist and composer credited with developing the mambo in the 30s and influencing modern Cuban music and, over time, dance-pop and Latin-rock sounds in the rest of the world, recorded dozens of albums in an 80-year performing career and won Grammy Awards in the 90s, died from kidney failure on 3/22/2008, age 89
1939 ● Nini Harp / (Cornelius Harp) → Lead vocals for bi-racial doo wop The Marcels (“Blue Moon,” #1, 1961), left in 1963 but rejoined the group for tours in 1975 and a TV special, Doo Wop 50, in 1999, died from natural causes on 6/4/2013, age 73
1944 ● Joey Heatherton / (Davenie Johanna Heatherton) → Purring blond sexpot 60s and 70s TV and film actress and two hit wonder pop singer, “Gone” (#24, 1972) and “I’m Sorry” (#87, 1972), her career decline after 1975 was marked by eating, drinking and public conduct disorders
1946 ● Pete Agnew → Bassist, co-founder and constant member of Scottish hard rock Nazareth, “Love Hurts” (#8, 1976)
1947 ● Bowzer Bauman / (Jon Bauman) → Vocals for “greaser” revival parody rock-and-doo-wop Sha Na Na (“(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet,” #55, 1975)
1949 ● Edward C. King → Guitarist for 60s psych-pop-rock Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense And Peppermints” (#1, 1967), replaced Leon Wilkeson on bass in raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), switched to guitar when Wilkeson returned to the band and created the signature triple-guitar attack sound, left in 1976 but returned to the reunited band in 1987, left for good due to health problems in 1996
1949 ● Steve Gaines → Guitar for raunchy Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” (#8, 1974), wrote “I Know A Little” (1977), died in a plane crash along with other bandmembers on 10/20/1977, age 28
1949 ● Sonic Smith / (Fred Smith) → Lead guitarist for Detroit proto-punk rockers MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (1969), married punk singer and poet Patti Smith in 1980, died from heart failure on 11/4/1994, age 45
1950 ● Paul Kossoff → Guitarist for proto-metal/hard rock Free, “All Right Now” (#4, 1970), later formed hard rock Back Street Crawler and did session work before dying aboard a New York/L.A. commercial flight of a heart attack resulting from drug abuse on 3/19/1976, age 25
1954 ● Barry Cowsill → Vocals for family pop band The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (#2, 1967) and theme song from Broadway musical Hair, (#2, 1969), inspiration for the TV show The Partridge Family, died in the flooding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina on 8/29/2005, age 50
1955 ● Steve Berlin → Saxophonist and keyboardist for all-American roots rock The Blasters, in 1984 joined Tex-Mex roots rock Los Lobos, “La Bamba” (#1, 1987), sessions and collaborations
1959 ● Morten Harket → Lead vocals in Norwegian synth-poppers A-ha, “Take On Me” (#1, 1985), solo
1967 ● John Power → Bass and vocals for Brit jangle pop The La’s, “There She Goes” (#49, UK #13, 1991)
1970 ● Craig Montoya → Bassist for Pacific Northwest post-grunge/punk Everclear, “Wonderful” (#11, Alt Rock #3, 2000)
1970 ● Mark Webber → Joined alt rock/Britpop Pulp as second guitarist in 1995, “Common People” (UK #2, 1995), now produces avant-garde films
1973 ● Nas / (Nasir Jones) → Self-appointed “King of New York,” acclaimed and influential hip hop performer and East Coast rapper, “If I Ruled The World” (#53, Rhythmic Top 40 #8, 1996), US #1 album Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
1981 ● Ashley Roberts → Vocalist for burlesque dance-pop girl troupe The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha” (#2, 2005) featuring Busta Rhymes
1983 ● Amy Winehouse → Grammy-winning R&B/soul-pop and jazz-pop singer and songwriter, “Rehab” (#9, 2007), died from unknown causes at her London home on 7/23/2011, age 27

September 15
1903 ● Roy Acuff / (Roy Claxton Acuff) → The “King of Country Music,” singer, fiddler and country music promoter credited with “mainstreaming” early country music, co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music, which signed Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and others, died of heart failure on 11/23/1992, age 89
1924 ● Bobby Short / (Robert Waltrip Short) → Sophisticated New York cabaret singer with a seven-decade career entertaining through pre-rock popular standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and others, recorded dozens of albums of jazz, blues, pop, easy listening, cabaret and swing music, continued to perform into the early 00s, died from leukemia on 3/21/2005, age 80
1928 ● Cannonball Adderley / (Julian Edwin Adderley) → High school band director turned renowned, Grammy-winning alto jazz saxophonist, bandleader and solo artist, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (#11, R&B #2, 1967), died of a stroke on 8/8/1975, age 46
1931 ● Jac Holzman → Music business executive, founded Elektra Records in 1950 and started other important music labels, signed fledging acts such as The Doors, Carly Simon, Bread and others, went on to various music industry executive positions, including stints with Time-Warner, Sony and Panavision
1933 ● Pat Barrett → High tenor for Canadian pop cover vocal quartet The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom” (#1, 1954)
1938 ● Sylvia Moy / (Sylvia Rose Moy) → Motown Records songwriter and producer, the first such female at the label, worked extensively with Stevie Wonder, co-writing his hits “I Was Made To Lover Her” (#2, R&B #1, UK #5, 1965), “Mon Cherie Amour” (#7, R&B #5, UK #2, 1969) and others plus hits for other Motown soul acts such as Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston (“It Takes Two,” #14, R&B #4, UK #16, 1966) and The Isley Brothers (“This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You),” #12, R&B #6, UK #3, 1956), later formed a not-for-profit to mentor underprivileged Detroit children in the arts, died from complications of pneumonia on 4/15/2017, age 78
1940 ● Jimmy Gilmer → Frontman and vocals for early rock & roll/surf pioneers The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” (#1, 1963)
1941 ● Les Braid → Bassist for Brit pop-rock The Swinging Blue Jeans, “Hippy Hippy Shake” (#21, 1964)
1941 ● Signe Toly Anderson → Original female vocalist for psych-rock Jefferson Airplane, appeared on their debut album Takes Off (1966) as harmony vocalist and lead on “Chauffeur Blues,” left in October 1966 to spend time with her new daughter, was replaced by Grace Slick and faded from view, died from obstructive pulmonary disease on 1/28/2016. age 74
1942 ● Lee Dorman → Bassist for psych rock Iron Butterfly, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (#30, 1970), later hard rock Captain Beyond, died of unknown causes at home on 12/21/2012, age 70
1946 ● Ola Brunkert → Swedish drummer in the backing band for internationally successful Scandinavian pop group ABBA, “Dancing Queen” (#1, 1976), bled to death after hitting his head on a glass door and suffering a slit throat from a shard of broken glass 3/17/2008, age 61
1956 ● Jaki Graham → UK star but US one hit wonder R&B/dance-pop singer, “Ain’t Nobody” (Dance/Club #1,1994)
1958 ● Tim Whelan → Guitar for Brit New Wave synth-pop Furniture, “Brilliant Mind” (UK #21, 1986)
1960 ● Mitch Dorge / (Michel Dorge) → Drummer, songwriter and producer for Canadian alt pop-rock Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (#4, 1993)
1969 ● Allen Shellenberger → Drummer for indie rock/pop punk Lit (“My Own Worst Enemy,” #51, Modern Rock #1, 1999), died from a malignant brain tumor on 8/13/2009, age 39
1976 ● Ivette Sosa → Vocals for all-girl teen dance-pop quintet Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (#1, 2001), the first #1 debut single by an all-female group
1976 ● KG Goldsmith / (Kingsley Goldsmith) → Lead vocals for Brit R&B/swingbeat soul boy band MN8, “I’ve Got A Little Something For You” (UK #2, 1995)
1977 ● Paul Thomson → Drummer for Scottish art-pop-rock Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out” (Alt Rock #3, 2004)
1978 ● Zachary Filkens → Lead guitarist of self-proclaimed “genreless” pop-rock OneRepublic, their “Apologize” (#1, 2006) is the most popular digital download/highest airplay song ever to-date

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Singles Released This Week (September 3 – 9)

Dear Friends,

I am testing a new blog post with pop and rock singles by release date, very similar to my weekly album list but now for charting singles. Please reply and let me know what you think!

Cheers, Dr. Rock

Here’s a running list of charting singles (and B-Sides that charted) from rock and pop music from the 50s through the 80s – the BEST music ever made!

(Note: This is a work-in-progress. We are updating the database every week, so check back frequently for updates. And tell your friends about DrRock.com!)

(Entries are: Year • Artist • Track Title • Genre • Album • B-Side)

(If a non-album single, then [Single]. If the charting track was the B-Side, then [B-Side]. Any “UK” entry designates a single different from its US counterpart).


September 03
1968 • Elvis Presley • “A Little Less Conversation” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • [B-Side]
1968 • Elvis Presley • “Almost In Love” • Pop-Rock • [Single] • “A Little Less Conversation”
1974 • Elton John • “The Bitch Is Back” • Pop-Rock • Caribou • “Cold Highway”
1984 • Cyndi Lauper • “All Through The Night” • Pop-Rock • She’s So Unusual • “Witness”
1991 • R.E.M. • “Shiny Happy People” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Out Of Time • “Forty Second Song”


September 04
1964 • The Moody Blues • “Steal Your Heart Away” [UK] • British Beat • [Single] • “Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind)”
1977 • Donna Summer • “I Remember Yesterday” • Disco • I Remember Yesterday • “Back In Love Again”
1979 • J. D. Souther • “You’re Only Lonely” • Country-Rock Ballad • You’re Only Lonely • “Songs Of Love”
1982 • The Who • “Athena” • British Rock • It’s Hard • “It’s Your Turn”
1982 • The Who • “Athena” [UK] • British Rock • It’s Hard • “A Man Is A Man”
2007 • Matchbox Twenty • “How Far We’ve Come” • Southern Rock • Exile On Mainstream • [None]


September 05
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Return To Sender” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Girls! Girls! Girls! • “Where Do You Come From”
1962 • Elvis Presley • “Where Do You Come From” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • Girls! Girls! Girls! • [B-Side]
1979 • The Kinks • “Catch Me Now I’m Falling” • British Rock • Low Budget • “Low Budget”
1980 • Genesis • “Misunderstanding” [UK] • Prog Rock • Duke • “Behind The Lines”
1983 • Culture Club • “Karma Chameleon” [UK] • Pop-Rock • Colour By Numbers • “That’s the Way (I’m Only Trying to Help You)”
1986 • Paul Simon • “You Can Call Me Al” • Folk-Pop • Graceland • “Gumboots”
1994 • R.E.M. • “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” • Alt. Pop-Rock • Monster • “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? [Instrumental Version]”
2011 • Bon Iver • “Holocene” • Baroque Pop • Bon Iver, Bon Iver • “Come Talk To Me”


September 06
1966 • The Byrds • “Mr. Spaceman” • Folk-Rock • Fifth Dimension • “What’s Happening?!?!”
1966 • The Byrds • “What’s Happening?!?!” • Folk-Rock • Fifth Dimension • [B-Side]
1966 • Peter & Gordon • “Lady Godiva” [UK] • Merseybeat • Lady Godiva • “Morning’s Calling”
1969 • The Monkees • “Good Clean Fun” • Pop-Rock • The Monkees Present • “Mommy And Daddy”
1983 • Cyndi Lauper • “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” • Pop-Rock • She’s So Unusual • “Right Track Wrong Train”
1998 • Days Of The New • “Shelf In The Room” • Alt. Acoustic Rock • Days Of The New • [None]
2005 • The Rolling Stones • “Oh No, Not You Again” • Blues-Rock • A Bigger Bang • [None]


September 07
1957 • Sam Cooke • “You Send Me” • Soul • Sam Cooke • “Summertime”
1964 • The Zombies • “She’s Not There” • Pop-Rock • The Zombies • “You Make Me Feel Good”
1965 • Bob Dylan • “Positively 4th Street” • Folk-Rock • [Single] • “From A Buick 6”
1967 • Aretha Franklin • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” • Soul • Aretha: Lady Soul • “Baby, Baby, Baby”
1968 • The Bee Gees • “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” • Pop-Rock • Idea • “Kitty Can”
1975 • Eagles • “Lyin’ Eyes” • Country-Rock • One Of These Nights • “Too Many Hands”
1983 • Madonna • “Holiday” • Dance-Pop • Madonna • “I Know It”
1984 • Vanity • “Pretty Mess” • Dance-Pop • Wild Animal • “Mechanical Emotion”
1984 • Billy Ocean • “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)” • Dance-Pop • [Single] • “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) [Instrumental]”
1987 • Michael Jackson • “Bad” • Dance-Pop • Bad • “I Can’t Help It”
1994 • Weezer • “Buddy Holly” • Alt. Rock • Weezer (Blue Album) • [None]
2004 • Shania Twain • “Party For Two” • Country-Pop • [Single] • [None]


September 08
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Blue Suede Shoes” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Tutti Frutti”
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Money Honey” • Rock ‘n’ Roll • [Single] • “One-Sided Love Affair”
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Just Because” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • [B-Side]
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Tryin’ To Get To You” • Rock n Roll • Elvis Presley • “I Love You Because”
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Blue Moon” • Rock n Roll • [Single] • “Just Because”
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” • Rock n Roll • Elvis Presley • [B-Side]
1956 • Elvis Presley • “Shake, Rattle And Roll” • Rockabilly • [Single] • “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
1957 • Jackie Wilson • “Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)” • Soul • [Single] • “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon”
1972 • T. Rex • “Children Of The Revolution” • Glam Rock • [Single] • “Jitterbug Rock”
1978 • Buzzcocks • “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” [UK] • Punk-Rock • Love Bites • “Just Lust”
1983 • Madonna • “Lucky Star” • Dance-Pop • Madonna • “I Know It”
1987 • Richard Marx • “Should’ve Known Better” • AA Pop-Rock • Richard Marx • “Should’ve Known Better [LP Version]”


September 09
1964 • Peter & Gordon • “I Don’t Want To See You Again” [UK] • Merseybeat • In Touch With Peter & Gordon • “I Would Buy You Presents”
1966 • Gary Lewis & The Playboys • “(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture” • Pop-Rock • (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture • “Looking For The Stars”
1977 • Carpenters • “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” • Easy Listening • Passage • “Can’t Smile Without You”
1978 • Rick James • “Mary Jane” • Funk • Come Get It • “Dream Maker”
1978 • The Rolling Stones • “Beast Of Burden” • Blues-Rock • Some Girls • “When The Whip Comes Down”
1981 • Genesis • “No Reply At All” • Prog Rock • Abacab • “Naminanu / Dodo”
1994 • Stone Temple Pilots • “Interstate Love Song” • Arena Rock • Purple • “Lounge Fly”

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